Private equity divestments in Europe 2007-2018

The statistic illustrates the total value of private equity divestments in Europe from 2007 to 2018. Private equity is the OTC provision of equity capital through private or institutional investments with the participation of companies in another company for a limited time in order to generate financial benefits. It can be seen that private equity divestments in Europe fluctuated overall during the period under observation, reaching a value of 32 billion euros in 2018. The largest total value of private equity divestments was found in 2014, when a total value of divestments of more than 46 billion euros was recorded.

Private equity divestments in Europe from 2007 to 2018 (in billion euros)*

Divestments in billion euros
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Release date

May 2019



Survey time period

2007 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* Figures have been rounded.
According to the source: "Private equity is a form of equity investment into private companies not listed on the stock exchange. It is a medium to long-term investment, characterised by active ownership. Venture capital is a type of private equity focused on start-up companies. Venture capital funds back entrepreneurs with innovative ideas."
"Market statistics are an aggregation of figures according to the location of the portfolio company. At European level, this relates to divestments of European companies regardless of the location of the private equity firm."

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