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UK mid-market private equity deal analysis: H1 2019

UK mid-market private equity deal analysis: H1 2019

Mid-market PE values remained reasonably resilient in the first half of 2019. Even though overall PE deals volumes fell by 40 percent, values actually increased 7 percent to £18.4bn. Multiples have also increase due to the scarcity of quality assets in the marketplace.

Given the competitive investment environment, average deal values in the mid-market are up, whilst more marginal deals that were possible to conclude in a more buoyant M&A market have become more challenging.

Our most recent report explores the key trends impacting PE investment in the mid-market across the UK, including:

  • The growing emphasis on high quality deals and safe bets
  • The increasing participation of US investors in the PE market in the UK
  • The resilience of the TMT and business services industries
  • The growing attractiveness of cities outside of London to PE investors