About private equity

How private equity invests in privately-owned businesses, supports jobs and creates prosperity.


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Transforming Europe's prosperity


Economic impact data

By attracting global finance into Europe and investing in business growth, private equity makes an important contribution to society’s prosperity – creating jobs, fostering innovation and enabling long-term economic growth.

Private equity investment has a significant role in the economy. Institutional investors, such as pension funds and insurers, supply private equity with capital, which private equity managers invest in portfolio companies. The returns from these investments are used by the institutional investors to meet their long-term liabilities, like funding fund participants' pensions or policyholders' insurance claims. 

Since 2007, European private equity has backed in excess of 49,000 portfolio companies, to the tune of more than €650 billion. The companies range from innovative start-ups needing capital to grow and mid-cap businesses wanting to take their next steps, to multinationals after new strategic direction and struggling companies that need help to get back to growth

Invest Europe regularly publishes data on private equity fundraising, investment and divestment across industry sectors. It also studies and encourages academic research to show private equity’s economic impact at portfolio company level. Invest Europe commissioned Frontier Economics to produce an independent report on the contribution private equity can make to growth. As well as pointing the way for future research, it found that private equity investment boosts innovation, productivity and competitiveness.

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Exploring the Impact of Private Equity on Economic Growth in Europe

29 Mar 2013
Frontier Economics

A special paper commissioned by the EVCA investigating private equity's impact on the European economy.

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The impact of private equity

The active management that private equity brings to its portfolio companies helps them to become more successful businesses with stronger, more sustainable futures. By significantly improving the financial performance of the companies it backs, private equity also plays an important part in society’s prosperity, creating jobs, investing in innovation, and enabling wider economic growth.

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