Investing in Private Equity: Valuation and Financing of SMEs

Course overview

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the European economy. 99.8% of enterprises which operate in the EU-28 non-financial business sector are SMEs, accounting for 67% of total employment. 

In the BSE Intensive Course on Investing in Private Equity: Valuation and Financing of SMEs, we explore how SMEs should be valued and financed, and the role that private equity investors can play alongside traditional banks in promoting the growth of SMEs.

Participants will aquire the conceptual tools that are required for the valuation of SMEs, and will learn how different forms of financing can be employed to maximize enterprise value. Sessions will also cover M&As of SMEs, and the issues that investors face when restructuring SMEs in distress. 

The course is taught using a mix of business case studies and lectures.

Course registration will be capped at 30 participants.



  • Filippo Ippolito (UPF and BSE), course director
  • Bo Becker (Stockholm School of Economics)
  • Gianluca Capone (BlueMountain Capital Management)
  • Luis Mateo (Crédit Suisse)
  • Jos van Bommel (University of Luxembourg)

Detailed instructor biographies and course plan are available below.

Key benefits

  • Learn how to value SMEs
  • Learn how financing affects firm value in SMEs
  • Learn how private equity funds design deals to invest in SMEs
  • Learn how to restructure a firm in distress
  • Learn how to structure M&A deals for SMEs