In this issue we begin with a deep dive into the EMEA region in the context of its attractiveness for capital deployment to global private equity buyers. The UK emerged as the winner once again, with the largest number of deals, taking a €16.2bn share of the €30.3bn new deployments in the final quarter of 2017.
Next, we explore the Nordics: generally regarded as a strong, stable, and established market for private equity investors. Last year the region received a mere 5% of the capital designated for EMEA-based targets. As investment flows failed to reach the peaks of 2014 and 2015, we question whether the Nordics can continue to produce attractive investment opportunities.
In the consumer sector, strategic buyers have become the dominant force based on the global merger and acquisition (M&A) activity of the last five years. Corporate buyers’ deal making activity in the sector reached €362bn in 2017, representing 82% of the global M&A activity of the year.
Finally, we share the results of the Private Equity Pulse Survey, with industry professionals giving their expectations for the year ahead. More than half (59%) believe that the overall economic climate in their region will improve over the next 12 months, with great anticipation for further improvement in deal activity.