Beginning with a look at EMEA’s position in the global private equity landscape, this issue considers the strong performance from the UK, who accounted for 31% of the region’s investments in the current year.
We then explore EMEA GPs as they deployed 87% more capital over the summer months compared to the same period in 2016. This feat was underscored by the largest single deal signing since 2015 – United Capital Partners and others’ acquisition of Essar Oil Ltd for €11.4bn. Like their peers, EMEA PE firms were most interested in investing in the UK.
The Information Technology sector has increasingly attracted attention from global PE firms over the last decade with the total capital deployed into IT targets growing by 63%, from €72.6bn in 2007 to €119.3bn during the study period.
Finally, we turn our attention to institutional investors, who are continuing to add value to the private equity sector. EMEA was the only region in 2016 with decreasing PE allocations. The UK’s decision to leave the EU, however, seems to have dented investors’ confidence.