Private Equity Exits Slow To A Crawl In Europe

Law360, New York (June 19, 2013, 3:36 PM EDT) -- Lingering economic uncertainty in Europe and a lack of trade buyers on the continent have contributed to a slowdown in private equity firms exiting their European investments, extending hold times for private funds, an Ernst & Young LLP study revealed Monday.

Private equity exits in Europe for businesses with an enterprise value of more than €150 million ($200.1 million) fell to just 61 in 2012, down from 85 a year earlier, according to Ernst & Young. The 28.2 percent decline, which brought exits down to their...
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