The European PE Breakdown captures trends in dealmaking, exits and fundraising that are shaping the private equity landscape in Europe. This edition spotlights the Israeli PE ecosystem, which more than doubled its annual deal value in 2019 at €3.5 billion and appears ripe with opportunities for PE investors going forward.

Key takeaways:

  • European PE deal activity nearly matched 2018’s historic levels, with €453.5 billion closed across 3,867 deals.

  • The rise of bolt-on investments, GP-led secondaries and long-dated funds has consolidated exit activity, and the PE-backed IPO market marked another quiet year as the liquidity option continues to fall out of favour.

  • In 2019, a record €86.4 billion was raised for European PE funds as vehicle sizes swell.


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