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At almost $1.12tn, the UK represents over half (54%) of all European assets: Preqin

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

The UK's alternative assets market is the largest and most active across the European continent.

At almost €1tn ($1.12tn), the UK represents over half (54%) of all European assets and sees more investment flow into its private markets than anywhere else in the region, pointed out a Preqin report.

London is unsurprisingly the destination for most investment in the country; with a world-leading financial sector, large tourism industry and a diverse and growing population, the opportunity afforded by the UK capital continues to attract investors, said Preqin.

That being said, the UK alternatives market has been plagued by uncertainty in the past four years.

In the period following the Brexit vote in 2016, the level of private investment in the UK decreased.

The aggregate value of private capital deals in 2016 declined 28%, or €33bn in real terms, from 2015, with the value of private equity-backed deals and PERE deals down 35% and 27% respectively.

Recovering Strength

Since then, however, the UK has witnessed strong annual growth in private market activity, and 2018 marked a return to the record levels seen in 2015.

According to Preqin, The buyout, venture capital, PERE and private debt markets all recorded peak levels of annual investment; infrastructure was the only asset class not to set a new record.

The private equity-backed buyout market represents the largest sector of private investment i......................

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