Preliminary figures have been released today in the Q4 2019 Private Equity Barometer, published by Unquote, Europe’s specialist private equity information provider, in association with Aberdeen Standard Investments.
Overall European Private Equity
Merrick McKay, Head of European Private Equity, Aberdeen Standard Investments, commented: “The key findings are consistent with activity we see from our underlying managers and funds. The European private equity market has maintained high levels of investment activity, with total deal volume (2,960) and value (€246bn) in Q4 being an all-time annual record. The quarter saw a slight weakening in buyout volume, but value increased due to the signing of six €1bn+ mega-buyouts, of which three were UK-based. Growth/expansion capital activity was very strong in Q4 and 2019 overall, although early-stage investment activity fell slightly over that in 2018”
“With record levels of dry powder available for new private equity investments, we expect continued high levels of European investment activity, although a pause or slowdown due to exogenous factors can never be dismissed.”
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