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Master Private Equity Recruiting

Modeling, case studies, and everything you need to break into a top fund.

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Study Comprehensive LBO Model Tests

Three-statement LBO models used by the top funds covering everything you need to know: purchase accounting, operating builds, dividend recaps, add-on acquisitions, OID, and more.

Peak Frameworks LBO

Watch Video and Excel Tutorials

Over 100+ comprehensive videos covering hours of private equity modeling and recruiting - Excel included!

Peak Frameworks Paper LBO

Practice with Case Studies from Top Funds 

Real case studies and technical questions used by mega funds and the very best private equity firms during on-cycle recruiting.

Peak Frameworks Guide

On-cycle private equity recruiting is perhaps the most chaotic and opaque hiring process in all of finance. The process is so accelerated that it is often the most prepared candidates who end up landing the top mega fund jobs.

We've aggregated the best interview questions, models, and case studies from across the industry and put them into one simple resource.

5 3-Statement LBO Model Tests
of increasing difficulty, designed to teach you how to model complex mechanics and structures (operating model, PIK interest, minority investments, dividend recap, add-on acquisitions).
5 Paper LBO Model Tests
based on actual questions we were asked during on-cycle recruiting. Very frequently asked during rushed processes!
100+ Videos with 9+ Hours of Content
that break down EVERY concept you need to know in detail. Do the entire course in a couple of weekends and be ready for your private equity super days in no time.
2021 Headhunter Coverage List
outlining a list of the major North American private equity headhunters and which firms they represent.
8+ Case Studies Used by Mega Funds
including a step-by-step video tutorial on how to write a case study memo and build an LBO with just a 10-K.
200+ Page Recruiting Guide, 50+ Page Q&A Guide, Exhibit Book
filled with tips, tricks, and the most common questions asked by the top private equity firms. We give you the Excel behind every question so you make sure you know the mechanics!
Private Equity Concepts Explained by an Industry Expert
covering free cash flow yield, unit economics modeling, operating leverage and the ins and outs of the recruiting process.
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Be Prepared When Recruiting Kicks Off

Private Equity Recruiting Course

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(30% off the standard price of $549)
This course has been purchased by thousands of candidates pursuing on-cycle and off-cycle recruiting and has an average rating of 5 stars.

Our Students Get the Top Offers

This is really the only resource you need to get an offer.

My headhunter was actually the one who recommended I get this course. I was extremely impressed with the content and the models were on point. Your ability to teach concepts made my private equity prep extremely efficient.


Private Equity Associate
Investment banking analyst who landed an off-cycle offer

I aced the case study because of this course.

I felt extremely confident during my model test and case study because of this course. The recruiting insights and specific advice you offered throughout the process made all the difference when I was in the interview room.


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Investment banking analyst who landed an on-cycle offer

Mega Fund Private Equity Placement

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Matt Ting

I'm Matt Ting, the Course Director of Peak Frameworks.

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I've spent my career working at the top private equity funds and was a top bucket analyst at a leading investment bank. I've worked at Silver Lake Partners, Providence Equity and Evercore in New York and Silicon Valley and received offers from several other investment firms.

I know exactly how tough the struggle is - I come from an international school and had to grind tooth and nail to get looks at those firms.

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Course Curriculum

Introduction and Private Equity Course Overview

Private Equity Recruiting

  • Introduction to Private Equity Recruiting (0:28)
  • Overview of Private Equity (5:06)
  • Paths to Private Equity (3:46)
  • On-Cycle Recruiting Overview (5:27)
  • On-Cycle Recruiting Timeline (10:52)
  • Dealing with Headhunters (4:24)
  • Headhunter Process (5:29)
  • Private Equity Headhunters and Coverage (4:05)
  • Off-Cycle Recruiting Overview (3:59)
  • Finding Off-Cycle Opportunities (2:45)
  • Evaluating Firms to Work For (4:48)
  • What is a Mega Fund? (2:39)
  • The Typical Private Equity Interview (4:41)

LBO Theory and Modeling (Debt Schedule / Returns)

  • Debt Schedule (4:02)
  • Revolver (8:29)
  • Waterfall (1:09)
  • PIK Interest (2:26)
  • Internal Rate of Return - IRR (6:45)
  • Multiple of Money - MoM (1:07)
  • Returns and Sensitivites (2:54)
  • Preferred Stock (4:29)
  • Dividend Recapitalization (3:17)
  • Add-On Acquisition (2:29)

Paper LBOs

  • Introduction to Paper LBOs (0:32)
  • YouTube Tutorial (13:48)
  • The Paper LBO (2:29)
  • Rule of 72 (2:00)
  • Paper LBO #1 (4:26)
  • Paper LBO #2 (7:27)
  • Paper LBO #3 (6:19)
  • Paper LBO #4 (4:00)
  • Paper LBO #5 (6:38)

LBO Model Tests

  • Introduction to LBO Model Test (0:52)
  • Balance Sheet and LBO Model Checks (4:33)
  • LBO Model Test Overview (2:34)
  • LBO Level 1 Instructions (2:34)
  • LBO Level 1 - Part 1 (8:45)
  • LBO Level 1 - Part 2 (10:51)
  • LBO Level 2 Instructions (2:41)
  • LBO Level 2 (11:34)
  • LBO Level 3 Instructions (2:22)
  • LBO Level 3 (12:49)
  • LBO Level 4 Instructions (3:56)
  • LBO Level 4 - Part 1 (11:42)
  • LBO Level 4 - Part 2 (7:39)
  • LBO Level 5 Instructions (4:28)
  • LBO Level 5 - Part 1 (10:37)
  • LBO Level 5 - Part 2 (8:54)

Advanced Private Equity Modeling

  • Introduction to Advanced Private Equity Modeling (0:33)
  • Commitment Fee (3:26)
  • Mandatory Debt Repayment (6:28)
  • Building Case Functionality (15:24)
  • Original Issue Discount - OID (3:57)
  • Rollover Equity (11:10)
  • Last Dollar In Multiple - LDI (3:17)
  • Excel Custom Formatting (4:28)
  • Proceeds Waterfalls - Part 1 (7:35)
  • Proceeds Waterfalls - Part 2 (11:40)

The Private Equity Business Model

  • Introduction to the Private Equity Business Model (0:28)
  • Private Equity Business Model (3:14)
  • Auction and Proprietary Deals (3:49)
  • Auction Deal Process (2:57)
  • Business Diligence (2:36)
  • Fund Structuring (6:58)

Case Studies

  • Introduction to Case Studies (0:46)
  • What's in a Good Investment? (3:17)
  • The Case Study Format (3:47)
  • Operating Leverage (4:29)
  • Porter's Five Forces Model (6:43)
  • The Cash Conversion Cycle (4:18)
  • Where to get Case Studies (2:37)

Walk Me Through Your Deal

  • Introduction to Deal Walkthroughs (0:39)
  • Deal Preparation (5:34)
  • Deal Math Questions (1:30)
  • Preparing a Deal Summary (2:18)
  • Deal Walkthrough Example (6:18)

Grab Bag Preparation

  • Introduction to Grab Bag Preparation (0:34)
  • Qualitative Preparation (1:55)
  • Opinions and Views to Prepare and Follow-Up Questions to Ask (3:12)
  • Revenue Churn Build (5:34)
  • Free Cash Flow Yield (2:25)
  • Unit Economics (6:26)

LBO Theory and Modeling (Sources & Uses / Financial Model)

  • Introduction to LBO Theory and Modeling (1:11)
  • Walking Through an LBO (3:35)
  • Public Company Enterprise Value Build (2:30)​​​​​​​
  • Options & Private Company (3:31)
  • Sources & Uses - Debt (4:31)
  • Sources & Uses - Equity (2:17)
  • Sources & Uses - Uses (4:04)
  • 3-Statement Model (2:42)
  • Operating Model (2:08)
  • Free Cash Flow and Balance Sheet (1:37)
  • Net Working Capital and Other Balance Sheet Items (3:40)
  • Purchase Accounting (5:46)
  • Goodwill (7:12)
  • Closing Balance Sheet (2:00)

Case Study Walkthroughs

  • Case Study Examples (1:18)
  • a. Case Study (Tupelo) - 60 Minute Model (48:18)
  • a. Case Study (Tupelo) - 30 Minute Model (20:08)
  • b. Case Study (Bristol) - 80 Minute Model (49:03)
  • c. Case Study (PGT) - 10-K Model (1:03:30)
  • c. Case Study (PGT) - 10-K Memo (24:38)

Don't Leave Recruiting Up to Chance

Get the model tests, case studies, and questions used by the most competitive private equity firms in the world.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the Peak Frameworks course compare to other guides out there?

No other course provides this level of insight into the recruiting process. We'll cover the on-cycle timeline, case studies used by mega funds, and headhunter coverage. A big reason we created the Peak Frameworks course is because other guides had overly simplistic models and referenced outdated questions. We've hired and interviewed on behalf of the top private equity funds over the past few years and know exactly what you need to prepare. We are constantly updating our course materials and frequently ask our industry peers about the questions being asked.

What is your refund policy?

The course can be refunded within 14 days. For whatever reason, if you are unhappy with a course, you can request a refund.

Do you need paid resources to land a private equity offer?

No, but many, many people pay for guides, private tutors and coaching because of how competitive the process is. It's not necessary, but it can save you critical amounts of prep time and give you a clear information advantage over your peers. The industry is honestly just very opaque, so it can be hard to succeed without the right insight. We guarantee that you'll save tons of time and maximize your chances at a top private equity offer by using this concise resource.

How important is modeling during on-cycle recruiting?

The vast majority of top funds are going to give you an LBO model test during on-cycle recruiting, so we advise being able to build a simple LBO from scratch within 2 hours. During the off-cycle, there's a good chance you'll get a take-home case study and have to build a model from scratch. In super rushed processes, there may be more emphasis on doing a paper LBO and discussing transaction experience.

When should I start preparing for on-cycle recruiting?

Recruiting has become so accelerated that the associate on-cycle process has typically kicked off within 4-5 months of graduation. It normally takes candidates at least a month or so to fully digest all of the information required, so we would recommend eager candidates to start studying shortly after graduation or concurrent with school.

How long will this course take me?

There are ~10 hours of video content and 5 LBO model tests in the course. We would advise you to watch one to two hours of content per week and attempt one LBO model per week. Each model will take you between 2-4 hours. The ideal time frame would be about 5 or 6 weeks of prep.

Do you offer any coaching or tutoring?

We have limited slots available for coaching. Please reach out to if you would like to be coached for private equity recruiting.

How long do I have access to this course?

Forever. A one-time payment of $347 (30% off the standard price of $495) gives you access to this course and all future updates.

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