At almost €402 billion in total PE deal value, 2015 saw a 20.8% increase over 2014, even as investment count plateaued, according to PitchBook 2015 Annual European PE Breakdown.
A flurry of blockbuster buyouts was responsible for the mammoth sum of deal value totaling almost €402 billion in 2015, with 18 transactions at or exceeding €2.5 billion in size completed that year. Only two other recent years approach that level: 2006 and 2007. Yet the peak of the resurgent buyout cycle seen in 2015 was unlike the heady spending spree that occurred during those previous years for several reasons including an elevated level of US investor involvement. That said, US banks have been pulling back from funding European buyouts as uncertainty swirls around whether the forecasted tepid growth rate in Europe can be sustained through 2016. PE activity is more likely to diminish somewhat, but not by much, according to PitchBook 2015 Annual European PE Breakdown. Find out where the opportunities lie in an investment landscape that has grown increasingly complex—with Russia in the midst of a recession and currency depreciation, governments such as Spain expected to loosen fiscal policies and the European Central Bank continuing with its program of quantitative easing.
- PE deal flow in Europe in terms of both sector and size
- An overview of PE activity, fundraising and exits in the United Kingdom
- League tables for Q4 2015, including active investors, advisors and law firms by deal count