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PitchBook 2016 Annual EMEA PE Breakdown

2016 Full-Year Pitchbook European PE Breakdown, in partnership with Merrill Corporation

Fundraising strong as deal value subsides across Europe 


For European governments and investors, 2016 was a tumultuous year. The prime ministers of Britain and Italy both resigned, the region continued to grapple with sovereign debt repayments, and concerns continued around the riskiness of some money centre banks—not to mention the refugee crisis that has gripped the continent for some time now. PE investors expressed unease, and the value of PE investments fell sharply. In contrast, fundraising had a very strong year, which should counteract some investors’ fears. With major elections in France, Germany, and the Netherlands this year, as well as the continual development of Brexit proceedings, the investment landscape will continue to change, and PE investors will have to adapt along with it.

Download this report now to learn: 

  • More on European PE fundraising which totaled €70 billion in 2016—the most since before the financial crisis. More than eight out of every 10 funds to close hit their stated targets.
  • Why the value of PE investments fell by 24.9% last year, though that was still good enough for the second most of any year since 2007.
  • How despite the Brexit referendum, PE activity in the UK largely mirrored that of the rest of Europe.
  • How EV/EBITDA multiples held steady at 8.2x in Europe, compared to 10.9x in the US.

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