PE Hub quotes Nathan Lightman on private equity deals in the UK
Recent research from UK investment bank, Peel Hunt, found that bid activity in the UK has mainly focused on the smaller end of the market.
Despite the stats, Nathan Lightman, Senior Associate, says that the UK private equity (PE) industry remains strong, even in light of concerns over the resilience of several major banks.
“Even without current concerns about a banking crisis, PE would still be booming. The industry’s long-term investment focus, active management approach, and ability to identify and capitalise on emerging market opportunities mean that it is perfectly positioned to continue generating strong returns over the long term.”
“At the top end of the market, major takeovers which have fallen through this year have been hoovered up by PE, and at the mid and lower end, 90 percent of UK companies receiving private investment were SMEs (according to BVCA data).”
Read the full article in PE Hub here (paywalled).