Pension funds wary of UK government call to finance post-Covid recovery

UK pension fund trustees are balking at government efforts to encourage them to spend billions on the nation’s economic recovery, warning over potential conflicts of interests for their savers. In an unprecedented intervention last week, prime minister Boris Johnson and chancellor Rishi Sunak published a letter to the industry, urging it to plough more cash […]

Private Equity Thinks Student Property Is a Post-Covid Winner

Private equity firms are ramping up their investments in the U.K.’s student accommodation market, pumping hundreds of millions of pounds into a resilient sector with an eye on high rental returns in post-Brexit, post-Covid Britain. More than one-third of deals for student property in 2021 so far have been financed by private equity, compared to […]

UK PE market bounces back after Covid-19 hit

UK private equity deal activity bounced back in the second half of 2020, although a profound slump in transactions in Q2 as lockdown gripped the M&A market meant that total annual deal volumes hit their lowest levels in more than seven years. KPMG’s latest study of UK transactions involving private equity investors indicates that a […]

UK private equity deal activity bounces back in second half of 2020

According to Big Four auditor KPMG, 889 deals were completed last year, with a total value of £87.2m. The figure is the fewest private equity transactions seen in the UK since before 2014, and a fall of 26 per cent on the previous year, which saw 1,199 deals worth £107.7bn. After slowing to a near […]

UK private equity deals soared 257 per cent last year

The number of UK listed companies taken private by private equity firms jumped from seven to 25 in private equity boom year. The total value of UK listed companies taken private by private equity firms increased from £2.3bn to £21.1bn in 12 months to 30 September 2020, research compiled by BDO has found. The audit […]