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VC deal volume in Q1 ‘19 continues to fall

VC deal volume in Q1 ‘19 continues to fall

Strong quarter for total VC investment with $52 billion invested



Jan Hove Sørensen

Partner, Head of Corporate Finance og M&A

KPMG in Denmark


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Key Q1 ’19 Highlights

  • Global VC investment dropped from $71 billion in Q4’18 to $53 billion in Q1’19. The largest deals for the quarter included a $5 billion investment in New York-based The We Company and a $4.5 billion investment in Singapore’s Grab Taxi. 
  • In Q1’19, the United States saw continued strength in deal value, reaching $32.6 billion – the second highest quarterly total in the past 7 years. Venture investment in the Americas also remained strong. 
  • VC investment in Asia fell dramatically this quarter, from $16.9 billion in Q4’18 to only $13 billion in Q1’19 - representing the lowest quarterly total since Q1’17. Deal volume also continued a downward spiral that began in Q3’18. 
  • European VC investment remained strong, powered by 10 deals at or over $125 million in value. However, deal volume plummeted from 882 deals in Q4’18 to only 487 in Q1’19.

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