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UK's Share Of Global Private Equity Triples

by Robert Lee,, London

13 August 2007

Faster growth in the raising of private equity funds has resulted in the UK's global share increasing from 10% in 2004 to 30% in 2006 according to a new report by a body which promotes the UK's financial services industry.

The report, Private Equity 2007, by International Financial Services London (IFSL), revealed that around 85% of UK funds were raised to finance buyouts, with nearly three-quarters of funds coming from overseas, mainly from pension funds and funds of funds.

The UK accounted for 14% of global investments in 2006, down from 21% in the previous year. However, at 2.2% of GDP, the UK has a higher ratio of investments and funds raised than any other country.

A record $365bn of private equity was invested globally in 2006, up nearly three times on the previous year. Private equity fund-raising also surpassed prior years with $335bn, up a quarter on 2005. Improved market confidence and trading conditions and strong performance along with stable long-term returns have contributed to the pick-up in activity in 2006, IFSL revealed. Financing of buyouts was the biggest growth area globally, as indicated by its share of investments growing from 21% in 2000 to 83% in 2006.

The 2006 regional breakdown of private equity activity shows that North America accounted for 60% of global private equity investments and 47% of funds raised, although its market share has fallen since 2000. Between 2000 and 2006, Europe's share of activity increased, particularly funds raised which jumped from 21% to 44%. The Asia-Pacific region's share of investments increased from 6% to 14% during this period.

A comprehensive report in our Intelligence Report series examining tax-sheltering arrangements for investors, including Venture Capital, Forest Finance, Film Finance, is available in the Lowtax Library at and a description of the report can be seen at

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