The number of PE deals in W Europe continues to decline in February, according to the latest Zephyr report. The total values fell by 45 per cent from EUR 3.5 billion in in January to EUR 1.9 billion in February.
Zephyr analysis reveals that apart from a spike in December, investment in the region has been dropping since June 2011 when it peaked at EUR 10.1 billion. Volume halved from January, with the 194 deals recorded sliding to just 111 last month, the lowest it has been in the last 12 months, the report said.
There were no large-sized transactions (over EUR 1 billion). The largest deal came in at just EUR 583 million, which was the acquisition by TPG Capitqal of a Luxembourg-based hedge fund manager called GlobeOp Financial Services.