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    Foreword................................................................................... p. 3

    European Fundraising in 2011................................................ p. 4

    Historical European Fundraising............................................. p. 5

    European Fundraising Outlook - 2012................................... p. 6

    Distressed Opportunities.......................................................... p. 7

    European Investors................................................................... p. 8

    Investors to Watch.................................................................... p. 9

    Investors Attitudes Following the Eurozone Crisis............... p. 10

    Europe-Based Buyout Deal Market....................................... p. 11

    Performance of Europe-Focused Funds.............................. p. 12

    Contents

    Editor:

    Alex Jones

    Sub-Editor:

    Sam Meakin

    Preqin:

    New York: +1 212 350 0100London: +44 (0)20 7645 8888

    Singapore: +65 6408 0122

    Email:info@preqin.com

    Web: www.preqin.com

    Preqin Special Report: European Private Equity draws exclusively on the following sources of information:

    Investor Intelligence - The most comprehensive database of current and potential institutional investors inprivate equity, featuring in-depth proles of more than 3,850 actively investing LPs, and over 1,000 that haveput their investments on hold, including investment preferences, future plans, key contact details and more.

    Funds in Market - This constantly updated resource includes details for all funds of all types being raisedworldwide, with key information on target sizes, interim closes, placement agents, lawyers, investors.

    Fund Manager Proles - With detailed proles for over 6,250 GPs, including key strategic and investment

    preferences, Fund Manager Proles is the foremost source of data on private equity fund managers worldwide.

    Deals Analyst - The most extensive, detailed source of information on private equity-backed buyout deals inthe world. This comprehensive product contains in-depth data for over 24,000 buyout deals across the globe,including information on deal value, buyers, sellers, debt nancing providers, nancial and legal advisors, exitdetails and more.

    Performance Analyst - The industrys most extensive and transparent source of net-to-LP private equity fundperformance, with full metrics for over 5,700 named vehicles. In terms of capital raised, Performance Analystcontains data for over 70% of all funds raised historically.

    Data Source

    http://www.preqin.com/private_equity_investors.aspx?itemID=13&scen=S1_II/1.go.aspx?rid=158http://www.preqin.com/item/private-equity-funds-in-market/1/12/go.aspx?rid=158http://www.preqin.com/item/private-equity-fund-manager-profiles/1/4/go.aspx?rid=158http://www.preqin.com/item/private-equity-fund-manager-profiles/1/4/go.aspx?rid=158http://www.preqin.com/item/private-equity-fund-manager-profiles/1/4/go.aspx?rid=158http://www.preqin.com/item/private-equity-buyout-deals/1/2464/go.aspx?rid=158http://www.preqin.com/item/private-equity-performance-analyst/1/11/go.aspx?rid=158http://www.preqin.com/item/private-equity-performance-analyst/1/11/go.aspx?rid=158http://www.preqin.com/item/private-equity-buyout-deals/1/2464/go.aspx?rid=158http://www.preqin.com/item/private-equity-fund-manager-profiles/1/4/go.aspx?rid=158http://www.preqin.com/item/private-equity-funds-in-market/1/12/go.aspx?rid=158http://www.preqin.com/private_equity_investors.aspx?itemID=13&scen=S1_II/1.go.aspx?rid=158
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    Preqin Special Report: European Private Equity

    2012 Preqin Ltd. / www.preqin.com

    Private equity investment in Europe has historically been secure in its position as the second largest market in the industry, next to

    the traditional home of the asset class North America. In recent years, however, Europes position as the second most attractive

    and other so called emerging markets. Across 2011, however, Europe has featured prominently in private equity professionals and

    investors thoughts. To some, the region represents a toxic mix of uncertainty and volatility, while to others it shines as an attractive

    opportunity for strategic and well-thought-out investment.

    eurozone sovereign debt crisis, which saw the largely positive and encouraging fundraising conditions seen at the start of the year

    facing Europe are impossible to predict, the current effects on European private equity are vital to understand. Consequently, this

    report aims to analyze Europe-focused private equity from the perspectives of current fundraising conditions, investor attitudes, and

    the latest fund performance, framing this important part of the industry in its historical context.

    In order to tap into the current landscape of European private equity and produce this special report, we conducted interviews with

    over 100 institutional investors from around the world during December 2011 regarding their attitudes towards private equity in light

    of recent events in Europe. The sample was selected from Preqins Investor Intelligence database of over 4,800 LPs, the most

    comprehensive and accurate source of information on investors in private equity funds available today.

    Europe-focused private equity is truly a global industry, with managers targeting the region for investment located in 68 countries

    Our worldwide coverage is provided by teams of multi-lingual analysts, allowing us to remain in daily contact with private equity fund

    managers, funds of funds, institutional investors, consultants and other service providers. We believe that by speaking to industry

    players directly, we are able to assess the latest trends and provide our clients with valuable, pertinent and comprehensive analysis

    and data.

    any feedback and suggestions you may have for future editions. Should you wish to have any further information on the products and

    A JonesAlex Jones

    Editor

    Foreword

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    Global private equity fundraising experienced a strong start to

    2011 only to falter in Q3 once the effects of the eurozone crisis

    took hold; however for Europe-focused private equity funds, the

    level of capital garnered by funds closed increased throughout

    the year. Despite economic volatility and the sovereign debt

    crisis, Europe proved to be a popular choice for investors in the

    asset class.

    The Impact of the Eurozone Crisis

    Moving into 2011 poor fundraising conditions prevailed, with lowlevels of capital being raised across the private equity industry.

    Despite this, at the beginning of the year there was a sense that

    stabilizing to a degree. With respect to deals, H1 2011 saw a 49%

    increase in the value of private equity exits completed compared

    of 2011, compared to $140bn generated by 377 exits throughout

    the latter half of 2010. This encouraged a more positive investor

    outlook and freed up capital to make new investments.

    fundraising market recovering. While there were still large

    numbers of vehicles on the road seeking capital, funds were

    closing in increasing numbers and the logjam of vehicles in

    market looked to be easing. Globally, 180 vehicles closed in

    Q1 2011 and this increased to 198 funds in the second quarter,

    industry was attracting also began to increase in the early part

    of 2011, with an aggregate $87.4bn raised by funds that closed

    worldwide in Q2, the highest total since Q2 2009.

    Mounting fears regarding eurozone debt levels and the associated

    year, however, did much to erase the positive fundraising start.

    In Q3 136 funds closed on a total of $53.1bn. While the marketrecovered partially in the last quarter of 2011, with 168 vehicles

    closing on an aggregate $68.8bn, both the number of funds

    gained remained below the strong start seen in H1.

    European-Focused Fundraising in 2011

    European-focused fundraising bucked the global trend of a poor

    overall amount of capital raised remains depressed. As shown in

    Fig. 2, the aggregate capital raised by Europe-focused vehicles

    World funds. At the beginning of 2011 a total of 41 vehiclesclosed for an aggregate $11bn (8bn), but in Q4 the amount of

    capital increased to nearly double total capital commitments,

    with 39 funds closing on an aggregate $21.5bn (15.9).

    Of Europe-focused funds closed in 2011, 21% were venture

    funds, buyout and private real estate vehicles each accounted

    for 16%, while 14% were private equity funds of funds. Six

    percent of Europe-focused private equity vehicles that reached

    Europe was the only region for which capital commitments to

    quarter. While some investors shied away from committing to

    private equity funds that intended to invest in Europe due to the

    economic conditions, take advantage of the current landscape

    and generate attractive returns.

    European Fundraising in 2011

    Fig. 1: Breakdown of Global Private Equity Fundraising,

    Q1 2011 - Q4 2011

    180

    198

    136

    168

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    50

    100

    150

    200

    250

    Q1 2011 Q2 2011 Q3 2011 Q4 2011

    No. of Funds

    Aggregate Capital Raised ($bn)

    Source: Preqin Funds in Market

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