In 2018, European private equity and venture capital invested over €80 billion into European companies, 86% of which were small and medium-sized enterprises. Private equity cares deeply about creating the right environment for European companies to flourish. Creating a competitive and investment-friendly ecosystem, including a robust state aid framework is an important cornerstone in this regard.
From a private equity perspective, perhaps the two most relevant state aid frameworks are the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) and the Risk Finance Guidelines. The GBER exempts risk finance measures of up to €15 million per SME from prior scrutiny by the European Commission. Meanwhile, the Risk Finance Guidelines, aimed at SMEs and mid-caps with high growth potential, establish state aid conditions for amounts above €15 million. These frameworks have been particularly relevant to determine whether or not private equity backed firms could access public support during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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