Europe's greener pastures

Darren Redmayne recently returned to Close Brothers Corporate Finance after an eighteen month secondment at Harris Williams, the Richmond, Virginia-based US investment bank. Whilst abroad, Redmayne spotted a trend – a new wave of US private equity groups moving into Europe. Back in London, he filed this report

EXHIBIT 2estimated number of active private equity groups at varying fund sizes

Fund Size
Total $100m $999m $1 billion
or greater
United States <1,500 <500 <100
Europe >500 >100 >25