This should come as no surprise: 2008 was not the easiest year for dealmaking. I know. It’s a hell of an understatement. According to the latest European Buyout Review (published by unquote”, in association with Bridgepoint), 2008 saw marked slowdown in buyout activity across Europe. To be expected, large deals were worst affected thanks to worsening economic conditions and rather desolate debt markets. The total value of buyouts for Europe in 2008 was just €73bn, a rather steep decline from the €184bn that 2007 saw. On the bright side, deal volume fell by only 30% to 572 transactions during the year that was.
Value of European Buyouts Drop 61% in 2008