2019 Private Equity & Venture Capital Fundraising & Deals Update
Private equity funds closed in 2019 raised more than $0.5tn for the fourth year in a row, at $595bn. Deal-making was also strong: 2019 saw $393bn in buyout deals and $224bn in venture capital deals announced, compared with $493bn and $271bn respectively in 2018. The impact of high valuations on future performance has weighed heavily on fund managers, and many have been slowing the pace of their deal-making to avoid overpaying for acquisitions. Investor sentiment is positive, so capital will likely continue to flow into these funds in the months ahead.
“2019 marked another strong year for the private equity industry, [but] intense competition for deals has pushed the average buyout investment to a size not seen since the Global Financial Crisis, and future returns are likely to suffer.” – Christopher Elvin, Head of Private Equity
Read our factsheet to view the top-level figures for 2019 fundraising and deals.