The idea of introducing a European Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) became popular in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. However, a formal proposal in 2011 for a pan-European FTT failed to get unanimous backing from EU countries. Eleven member states decided to continue discussions on the project, although progress has been very slow. A new Franco-German push did generate headlines and new political momentum behind the European FTT plan in 2019.
A poorly designed FTT would risk jeopardising economic growth and investments in Europe. For private equity, it is imperative to ensure that primary transactions remain outside the scope of any FTT, as their inclusion would increase costs and therefore hamper capital raising.
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