Welcome to Issue 14 of the EMEA Private Equity Market Snapshot, our quarterly complimentary publication focusing on the Private Equity (PE) market in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
This issue leads with a look at the U.K. PE landscape and explores the attractiveness of EMEA targets to foreign PE buyers – the latter of which has shown a continuation of positive activity.
We then turn our attention to Germany and Switzerland’s strong and stable economies and examine their increasing appeal as the safest bet for European private equity investors. With the British government at the initiating stages of Brexit negotiations and Macron still to affect meaningful reforms in France, European PE investors are looking for their returns in low-risk economies with relatively more predictable political leadership.
Our sector focus takes a deep dive into healthcare, whose attractiveness to the global private equity industry has bounced back.
Finally, we turn our attention to private equity firms as they shore up many recent defaulters in the oil and gas sector which struggled with falling revenue due to lower oil prices. However, adding more debt to these firms’ existing loads may prove costly if interest rates rise.