Private Equity - The Context and Value Creation

COVERING: Private Equity, Investment Strategies

11 Lessons 1h:1m

Focus on closed-end private equity funds and co-investments that target institutional investors. Learn about the fundamentals of private equity funds and strategies. Understand its key participants, roles, and terms. Explore how to fundraise, monitor, liquidate and exit, as well as possible investment risks and issues. 

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Kelly DePonte
Managing Director
Probitas Partners

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Kelly has more than thirty-nine years of industry experience and is responsible for Probitas Partners’ research. Prior to joining Probitas Partners, Kelly was Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director at Pacific Corporate Group (“PCG”), a leading provider of alternative investment advisory, management and consulting services. Kelly oversaw the partnership investment program, which comprised more than $20 billion in capital dedicated globally to private equity. Before joining PCG, Kelly held various senior positions at First Interstate Bancorp, including management of a $170 million venture capital portfolio, oversight of all financial derivative activity in the corporation and its banks, and analysis and management of capital and liquidity positions of First Interstate subsidiaries.

Kelly is also a Member of the Advisory Board of the Investment Management Due Diligence Association ( providing advice on closed-end fund due diligence. Previously, he served on the Editorial Advisory Board of The Review of Private Equity, and he is the editor of several books published by PEI Media: “The Definitive Guide to Private Equity Fund Due Diligence” (1st & 2nd editions); “The Definitive Guide to Distressed Debt and Turnaround Investing” (1st & 2nd editions); and “A Guide to Private Equity Fund of Funds Managers” (2nd edition). Kelly earned a BA in Communications from Stanford University and an MBA from The Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA.