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Venture Capital Finance

Learn how funds operate in the marketplace in Europe. Cover the full cycle of the Investment process and a review of the regulatory, tax & governance issues involved with this venture capital course.

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A one-day course

Venture Capital Funds Session 1: Understanding How They Operate

Courses on venture capital at Redcliffe training covers:

  • Introduction to the programme
  • European landscape for venture capital funds
  • Developing the venture capital business plan
    • examples of venture capital plans
  • Venture capital fundraising process and interaction with LPs
    • examples of current fundraising
    • legal, tax and technical documentation issues
  • Assessing investment opportunities

Venture Finance course group exercise: evaluating a business pitch for venture funding

Review of the exercise

Venture Capital Funds Session 2

  • Begins with reviewing the previous session of our venture capital course
  • Structuring the initial investment – equity or convertible?
  • Negotiating the term sheet and founder participation

Exercise: evaluating the appropriate investment structure

  • Follow on investment decisions, venture capital involvement in decision making and dilution impact from further funding rounds
  • Planning for the exit and valuation methods
  • Evaluating returns and performance metrics for the venture capital fund

The Venture Capital course trainer is the Managing Director of an international advisory company specialising in advisory and development business valuation services to the corporate, banking and finance industry, which he has owned for the past 17 years. He is an experienced corporate finance valuation professional with practical experience and extensive knowledge of corporate and structured finance in global financial markets.

He is a Visiting Fellow in the M&A department and Programme Director at Executive Development, Sir John Cass Business School, London, a member of the Visiting Faculty at Fuqua Business School and has previously worked as an advisor to the Overseas Development Administration in the UK, as well as EU PHARE and TACIS programmes throughout Europe and Russia.

The trainer’s main areas of expertise are corporate finance, M&A, corporate analysis and structured finance, asset securitization, risk management, valuation, corporate credit processes, project finance and treasury management. He currently works with many global corporate and banking clients in these areas and he also acts as an Expert Witness for London law firms in respect of his areas of expertise.

The list of global clients is extensive and covers both European, Middle East, African and Asian markets. In the corporate market, he works extensively with large corporate clients, private equity firms, private investors as well as public sector companies such as the NHS and major law firms. He provides advisory and development business valuation services to these organisations, either through the relevant departments or directly to the senior line management.

He is also a well-known figure within the various training and development companies within Europe and regularly gives seminars throughout the world on his specialist topic areas and is a recognised expert in this area by many organisations.

He was previously the Managing Director of a subsidiary of Union Plc, a London merchant bank having previously worked with several high-profile global investment banks. He left Union Plc in 1996 to form his own international advisory Company.

The list of financial institutions and corporates with whom he has worked over recent years is extensive and includes Allied Irish Bank, Alpha Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bank of China, Barclays, Bayern LB, BT plc, Citibank, China Construction Bank, Credit Agricole, Credit Suisse, Danone, DECC, Deloitte, Dexia, Emirates Bank, E&Y, Euler Hermes, First Gulf Bank, FSA London, Garanti Bank, HBOS, Hohhot Bank Mongolia, HSBC, HVB, Iccrea Banca, Intesa SanPaolo, Central Bank of Ireland, KPMG, L’Oreal, Malta FSA, Mongolian Stock Exchange, Morgan Stanley, Mubabdala, NHS and many others.

Participants will, at the end of this Venture Capital finance course, be able to:
  • Understand how venture capital funds are established in the European market.
  • Explain the fundraising process and interaction with LPs.
  • Appreciate the range of strategies available to venture capital funds in terms of investment.
  • Understand the full cycle of investment from the initial decision to invest, follow-on development through series funding and exit of an investment.
  • Explain the performance metrics of a venture capital fund.
  • By the end of this venture capital course, delegates will understand the basic regulatory, tax and governance issues involved in running a venture capital fund.

At Redcliffe Training our courses on venture capital are suited to personnel involved in the venture capital process such as investors, HNWI, family offices, lawyers and advisers. This session is also ideal for entrepreneurs looking to raise venture capital funding and government agencies and corporate entities looking to set up corporate venture funds.

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