PE outlook for Europe


March 6, 2014

There is more research coming out on Europe’s private equity market than other regions, such as MENA or Asia Pacific at the moment. So this week a new Roland Berger study is on our radar.


The survey reports an upbeat outlook for the European private equity market this year with 82% of the market participants expecting to increase the number of PE acquisitions after a dip in activity and volume in  2013. Germany and Great Britain are especially promising.


The report said that even economically weaker markets, such as the European countries along the Mediterranean, are expected to experience a slight rise in private equity activities – with the exception of Greece.

Summary of Survey Predictions

– Focus on consumer goods, retail, pharmaceuticals and SMEs

– Active portfolio management is imperative – a passive strategy will not be affordable

– Growth will be in Germany and Great Britain; France, Italy and Spain and Portugal will recover slightly.

– Most transactions expected in the consumer goods, retail, pharmaceuticals and healthcare industries; biggest drop in the energy sector

– Transactions with a volume of up to EUR 250 million will dominate the market

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