Panel: Navigating the future - DACH private equity fundraising and deployment
2023 saw a substantial increase in German private equity fundraising compared to previous years, with €4.88bn raised by buyout funds in the first nine months of 2023, according to Mergermarket data. Whilst there was an uptick the amount fundraised, the number of funds holding closes decreased from 16 to seven according to Mergermarket. This was against a backdrop of global structural changes and unique fund dynamics. Experts predict the 2024 German private equity market to be characterised by a dynamic interplay of higher interest rates, market uncertainties, and a tech-focused growth trajectory. Companies seeking equity financing in response to cash flow challenges create unique opportunities, while market corrections set the stage for nuanced valuation trends. As geopolitical and economic considerations shape the landscape, the DACH private equity outlook underscores the importance of strategic adaptability and a keen eye on tech opportunities for sustainable growth. This panel discussion will provide valuable perspectives for investors, shedding light on the factors influencing DACH private equity and what lies ahead in 2024.
- How does the increase in fundraising in 2023 compare to 2022 and 2021? What led to this increase in fundraising, despite the decrease in the number of funds holding closes?
- Is there a preference for smaller funds in Germany, considering the number of funds closed and their typical size range?
- What role do mega-funds play in the German landscape? How has their absence in recent years reflected a shift in private equity in Germany?
- What strong opportunities are there within the tech sector in DACH? Which companies demonstrate recurring revenue streams, such as those in cloud computing and software, and what is their potential for growth?
- What is the current valuation landscape in Germany? What are the exit opportunities for funds?
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