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Capital Under Management & Dry Powder

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2020: Positioned for the Challenge

European private equity* is a mature yet dynamic industry, populated by professional fund managers and supported by sophisticated investors. Throughout the continent, managers are investing across the spectrum – from start-ups and SMEs in need of expertise to grow to established companies that require strategic direction – while raising new money from investors eager for returns.

Invest Europe’s report shows that European private equity managed €754 billion at the end of 2020, a 13% increase in 2019, reflecting the resilience of the industry through the pandemic. Portfolio at cost value increased to €471 billion thanks to new investments and existing portfolio companies remaining under the active management of funds.

The level of dry powder also rose to €283 billion, underlining the demand for private equity among long-term investors seeking better performance and returns for European pensioners and savers. The figure also demonstrates the inherent balance in European private equity, as the amount of dry powder closely matches the combined level of investment over the three years from 2018 to 2020 (€275 billion).

*Private equity encompasses Buyout, Generalist, Growth, Mezzanine, and Venture Capital.

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Positioned for the Challenge: Capital Under Management & Dry Powder 2020

27 Jan 2022
Invest Europe Research

In this report, we look at Capital Under Management and Dry Powder across private equity segments, from Buyouts to Generalist funds, and Growth capital to Venture Capital.

Report (Member only) PDF 1.5 MB (Member only)
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Positioned for the Challenge: Capital Under Management & Dry Powder 2019

11 Mar 2021
Invest Europe Research

In this report, we look at Capital Under Management and Dry Powder across private equity segments, from Buyouts to Generalist funds, and Growth capital to Venture Capital.

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