In July 2007, Bruce Huber, the existing head of Jefferies' European technology investment banking division, was made co-head of European financial sponsor coverage alongside Warren Scott. Over the past year the US-based, globally active organisation has aggressively grown its European business - both organically and through acquisitions. The firm has advised on a number of notable private equity transactions in Europe, including the £1 billion (€1.3 billion; $2 billion) acquisition of UK publishing group Emap's business-to-business assets by Apax Partners and Guardian Media Group in March 2008. PEI recently caught up with Huber to gauge his view of mid-market conditions. On the whole, he remains “cautiously optimistic”. As he reveals below, however, there are plenty of challenges - not least getting deals over the finishing line.
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