Finance Public Lecture: Private Equity & Venture Capital as an Asset Class

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Finance Public Lecture: Private Equity & Venture Capital as an Asset Class

Learn more about the current challenges and opportunities in private equity and venture capital

By HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management

When and where

Date and time

Mon, 3 Apr 2023 09:00 - 10:30 PDT



About this event

  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

2022 was in general a difficult year for private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC): the decline of M&A activity made entry and exit transactions more difficult. The Russian invasion of Ukraine and the related impact thereafter to the energy markets has deteriorated the economic operating conditions for many portfolio companies. The increasing investment uncertainty due to inflationary pressures, coupled by a significant increase in interest rates made it harder for PE/VC funds to finance the acquisitions of portfolio companies. On the other hand the funds were sitting on 3,4 trillion USD committed, but unspent money (“dry powder”) end of 2021, giving them the opportunity to invest anti-cyclical at depressed market prices.

This session is part of a broader lecture series surrounding the topic of private equity.

Together with his guest Julien Zornig (Astorius Consult GmbH) Prof. Bernhard Schwetzler (Chairholder, HHL Chair of Financial Management) gives and overview over Private Equity and Venture Capital as an asset class.

Julien Zornig is managing partner at Astorius, a fund of fund and a regular and experienced investor into private equity funds. Astorius pioneers in the German PE field, and one of the first PE providers in Germany to be registered by BaFin (the regulatory authority for German financial institutions), manages eight fund of funds programs, focused on middle markets, and look after approx. EUR 1 billion in customer assets. Customers include wealthy private investors, foundations, family offices as well as institutional and church investors. Mr. Zornig will give a thorough and competent overview over the current status of the PE/VC industry and highlight the most important opportunities and threats for their investors.

The following topics will be highlighted and discussed in this session:

  • A brief introduction into the PE/VC business model
  • A critical review of the success factors in private equity
  • A discussion of the challenges for the PE industry caused by the current economic environment.
  • A careful outlook into the future of PE/VC

About the HHL Public Lectures | Finance Series

The lecture series aims to give an overview over the asset class “private equity/venture capital”. It covers a wide array of PE/VC related topics as e.g. the PE/VC business model, investment criteria of PE/VC funds and their performance on deal and on fund level. The lecture series will also discuss challenges of the current market and economic environment for private equity and venture capital.

Language and DSGVO

The talk will be held in English and is free of charge.

Please notice that we will record this event (film) without showing participants or chats and use this material internally and/or externally in accordance with § 23 KunstUrHG and article 6 par. 1f) DSGVO.

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About the organiser

Handelshochschule Leipzig (HHL)

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HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management

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