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European Venture Activity Peaked in 2015, Yet Challenges Remain

Following 2015’s peak in venture capital activity, PitchBook 2015 Annual European Venture Industry Report sees a dip in activity for 2016.

European venture activity in terms of value peaked in 2015, following a high tide in overall round count seen in 2014. This lag is illustrative of a typical venture investment cycle. In Europe, as opposed to the US, the decline is more due to a pullback by investors apprehensive of risks centered on growth potential, according to PitchBook 2015 Annual European Venture Industry Report, produced with Merrill DataSite. Consequently, the dip in activity is and will be largely dependent on perceived stability, which is in short supply given the heightened volatility persisting throughout financial markets worldwide. Relative to the rest of the world, Europe still presents one of the better investment opportunities for startups capitalizing on particular niches such as fintech or pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Activity in those sectors in particular, as well as potentially consumer, could help amend any prospective plunge in venture investing in 2016.

What’s covered:

  • VC deal flow in Europe by sector and size
  • VC activity in the UK, along with fundraising and exits
  • League tables for Q4 2015, including the most active investors, advisors and law firms by round count

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