2022 Private Equity Survey: Spotlight on Europe – S&P Global

Our annual survey* gauging private equity/venture capital (PE/VC) professionals’ sentiments on the PE industry outlook for 2022 has highlighted several on-going trends. This concise report will answer questions such as where do European investors stand with digitization of their activity? And have they all integrated Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors in their investment strategy?

Key Highlights:

  • The majority (70%) of PE/VC firms have either started or reached an advanced stage of their digital transformation journey.
  • Most of European investors have integrated ESG factors in their investment and portfolio management strategy.
  • Information Technology continues to be the top sector of focus for European investors.
  • Three quarters of European investors plan to make exits in 2022, mainly via trade sale.

*The survey was conducted over the period of 15 weeks between October 4, 2021, and January 16, 2022. In total we received 357 responses from PE and VC investors globally. 48% of respondents were senior level professionals. 43% were Private Equity Firms, 29% were Venture Capital firms and 28% were firms doing both Private Equity and Venture Capital investments. Geographically, 45% of respondents were from Europe, 19% were from North America, 15% were from APAC, 8% were from the Middle East & Africa and 13% were from Latin America.

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