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How three years of Brexit uncertainty have affected UK private equity
With the Brexit deadline of 31 October pushed to January 2020, Private Equity International takes a look at how fundraising, dealmaking and investor sentiment have fared.
PE Insights, UK PE outlook panel
Capital raising, deal financing and talent retention will face more challenges, according to panellists at a private equity conference in London.
The £287m NAV trust posted £25.4m of total realisations and income in H1 2019, down from £29.9m at the same point last year.
Data, automation
PE firms show strong appetite for UK’s business media and information sector and closed on a record €3.6bn in total enterprise value in the 12 months to March.
From the implications of Brexit to the growing number of GP-led restructurings, fund managers are wrestling with some weighty legal issues.
The country’s PE industry gathered a record €18.7bn from investors last year, with foreign LPs contributing nearly half of total capital raised.
Commitments to UK funds account for between 7-10% of Access Capital Partners’ most recent fund of funds, down from as much as 25% in previous vintages.
The placement agent and advisory firm is among the first to announce a new office opening as part of its Brexit contingency plans.
European firms could be well-placed to snap up talent from their London-based peers.
Healthcare businesses
Proponents of the sector are concerned restrictions on EU migration post-Brexit could have an impact on its appeal.

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