Finance Public Lecture: Resilience – Private Equity in Crisis times

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Finance Public Lecture: Resilience – Private Equity in Crisis times

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, 5 Jun 2023 09:00 - 10:30 PDT



About this event

  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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The public perception of private equity is mixed at best. The major reason for this is the fact that buyouts and the corresponding portfolio companies are financed with a significantly higher fraction of debt than “normal”, non-PE financed peers. Thus, many observers conclude a higher exposure of private equity owned companies to crisis events: due to the “excessive” use of debt, already smaller crises will drive portfolio companies into bankruptcy. Against the background of the Russian attack on Ukraine and the turmoil on the energy markets caused by it, this session will deal with the topic of “resilience”, i.e., the ability of companies (and especially privat equity owned companies) to master crises and overcome exogenous shocks.

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

Together with his guest Lukas Oswald (FTI Andersch) Prof. Bernhard Schwetzler (Chairholder, HHL Chair of Financial Management) will highlight policies and measures implemented by private equity owned portfolio firms in crisis times along the most recent examples covid 19 and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Lukas is Senior Consultant at FTI-Andersch, a consulting firm specialized on turnaround, business transformation and transactions in crisis situations and thus well suited to highlight differences in crisis management between PE owned and non-PE owned companies. He has collected extensive experience in restructuring consulting over the last five years with FTI Andersch. He is currently pursuing a PhD at HHL.

The following topics will be highlighted and exploratively analyzed in the session:

• The role of debt in buyout financing

• Risk management and crisis resilience of PE owned companies

• Empirical evidence on crisis resilience of PE owned firms

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)

Die HHL ist eine universitäre Einrichtung und zählt zu den führenden internationalen Business Schools. Ziel der ältesten betriebswirtschaftlichen Hochschule im deutschsprachigen Raum ist die Ausbildung unternehmerischer, verantwortungsbewusster und leistungsfähiger Führungspersönlichkeiten. Die HHL zeichnet sich aus durch exzellente Lehre, klare Forschungsorientierung und praxisnahen Transfer sowie durch hervorragenden Service für ihre Studierenden. Die Studiengänge umfassen ein Master in Management-Programm, einen Master mit einer Spezialisierung auf Finance sowie ein MBA-Programm. Alle Programme können in Vollzeit oder Teilzeit absolviert werden. Die HHL verfügt über das Promotionsrecht. Die HHL Executive Education bietet hochaktuelle Management-Seminare und -Programme für Führungskräfte an. Neben dem Campus in Leipzig unterhält die Hochschule Studienstandorte in Köln und München. Die HHL ist akkreditiert durch AACSB International. Besuchen Sie uns auf

HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management

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