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Refinitiv’s European Venture Capital & Private Equity Review - Q1 2019

Date 15/05/2019

Click here to download Refinitiv’s European Venture Capital & Private Equity Review for Q1 2019.

Highlights 

  • European companies raised €5.1 billion of venture capital funding during the first three months of 2019, an increase of 76% year-over-year, and marking the strongest first quarter ever recorded.
  • Despite the record-breaking deal values in the period, a total of only 339 venture capital deals were completed in the first quarter. This was down 4% from Q1 2018 and marked the slowest start to a year since 2008.
  • European companies saw buyout and related deal values of €18.8 billion in Q1, down 12% from the same period last year and 1% from the same period in 2017.
  • A total of 326 buyout and related private equity deals were completed during the first three months of 2019. Against the drop in values throughout the period, these volumes were up 53% from the previous year.