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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Alternative Investments

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An updated and practical analysis of Venture Capital, Private Equity and Special Purpose Acquisition Companies

Programme details

When: Date to be confirmed

Where: Online Webinars

The Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, and the University of Florence (Università degli Studi di Firenze) is delighted to announce the Executive Course on Alternative Investments.

The course is directed by Professor Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal (CCLS – Queen Mary University of London) and Professor Ettore Maria Lombardi (University of Florence).

View the Executive Course of Alternative Investments brochure [PDF 9,908KB].

Programme description

The Executive Course on Alternative Investments is structured in three modules. The first module is devoted to explaining the main features of Venture Capital, a form of private equity financing focused on start-ups, early stage, and emerging companies. The second module is on Private Equity and its main operative structures such as leveraged buy-out (LBO), their financing techniques and the different exit strategies. Finally, the third module is on Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs). This module is completing the course and it sheds explores for the first time in Italy and in Europe the characteristics of this latest Wall Street trend that has emerged in 2020.

What benefits will the programme deliver for you?

Our programme will prepare you to: 

  • Differentiate and criticize as well as evaluate the role of venture capital, private equity, and SPACs.
  • Understand the phases involved in an M&A transaction in SPACs and private equity.
  • Define the pre-due diligence phases and due diligence phase in private equity acquisitions.
  • Identify the key issues of inter-creditor agreements (ICAs) in private equity operations.
  • Be able to comprehend to structure a SPAC and understand their legal framework
  • Be able to connect private equity exits with SPACs.
  • Evaluate the economic and legal issues pre- and post- IPO in some of these transactions.

Continuing Professional Development/Professional Credits

This course offers Continuing Professional Development in line with the CPDUK.

Professional credits are available for lawyers (Italian and EU (Recognition of Foreign Training - REFOTRA)). Recognition of n.18 CF for attending the whole course, subject to 80% participation in the course, or n.6 CF for attending a single module.


Venture Capital

Private Equity




The Executive Course on Alternative Investments is relevant to lawyers, analysts, economists, academics as well as policymakers, international financial regulators, as well as to the financial industry tout court.

You will be awarded a Certificate of Participation upon completion of the programme.


Price Applicable From/ToFull courseIndividual session
16/01/2022- £1,100 £450

Queen Mary Booking Terms and Conditions for Short Courses [PDF 189KB]

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