European private equity activity strengthens but UK struggles to keep its crown
17 December 2018
CMBOR research shows PE-backed acquisitions in continental Europe hits highest level since 2007, with total value of €79.3bn.
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A swift and decisive resolution on Brexit will be key to the UK regaining the top spot in 2019The UK saw only a smattering of mega deals (valued at > £1bn) and only recorded one of the top 10 deals by size in Silverlake’s take private of Zoopla for £2.5bn, the UK’s mid-market remained relatively resilient. Deal values in the sub-£250m range held up at c£6bn, while deal volume was identical year on year, holding steady at 171.
"The Netherlands has had a stellar year and despite the key driver of total deal value in 2018 being huge one-off deals, the region constantly sees strong volumes across the mid-market"
Alexandre Neiss, Investec Corporate Lending