Private equity and venture capital investment helps create more successful businesses with stronger, more sustainable futures.
By significantly improving the financial performance of the companies it invests in, private equity plays an important role in Europe's prosperity. Healthier companies invest more in innovation, create more jobs and contribute more to economic growth.
When the time is right, private equity and venture capital managers sell their investment portfolios. This generates attractive returns for the professional investors that ultimately back private equity funds, such as pension funds and insurers that use the proceeds to pay for the retirements of millions of European citizens.
Over the past few years, since the financial crisis, private equity and venture capital has become an increasingly important source of investment for European businesses, and SMEs in particular. It is critical part of a more resilient and sustainable financing ecosystem across the continent.
Private equity achieves a job creation rate that is 6 times greater than the wider European market growth of 0.9%.
An in-depth Invest Europe study into the private equity and venture capital-backed companies driving innovation and economic development across Central and Eastern Europe.
Private equity helped the leading streaming service change the world of music forever.25 May 2018
Private equity drives improvement in the operations, conduct and performance of businesses, enabling them to make a more valuable and sustainable contribution to society.
Private equity outperforms publicly listed markets, and provides better returns for its investors, many of whom are the millions of pensioners across Europe.
European private equity has a total of around €640 billion in assets under management, and invests an average of €54bn each year in growth.
Private equity has helped Europe become the world's most innovative region, with EU nations taking six of the top ten places in a survey of the world's most innovative countries.
Private equity and venture capital supports the ambitions of privately-held companies by providing them with:
This support helps businesses become more successful and provides them with brighter, more sustainable futures. And when companies grow to the next level, they contribute to economic growth and create employment.
There are a wide range of investors in private equity and venture capital, but pension funds and insurance companies are among the largest and most important. They invest in private equity because:
For most pension funds and insurers, private equity is part of an extensive investment portfolio. They are looking for strong investment returns for their beneficiaries – the people on the street with pensions or life assurance policies.
By helping create better businesses, private equity and venture capital has a profound impact on the social and economic fabric of Europe. The benefits include:
Private equity is an essential driver of European growth, employment, innovation, and economic and social prosperity.
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‘A Different Angle’ is an online film series exploring the role of private equity and venture capital in European society. This unique film series, presented by Invest Europe, the world’s largest association of private capital providers, and produced by BBC StoryWorks Commercial Productions, brings to screen the human stories at the heart of the businesses that are driving change and fuelling growth through private capital.Find out more
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