"Global private equity investment was down by 25% to $93bn in the first half of 2012 according to TheCityUK’s Private Equity 2012 report, continuing the decline seen in 2011. Although UK private equity firms saw a similar decline in investments in 2011, buyouts increased to £8bn in the first half of 2012, a 38% increase on the second half of the previous year.
TheCityUK report shows that private equity backed buyouts generated 5.9% of global M&A activity in the first six months of 2012, down from 6.9% in 2011. Recovery in the second half of the year will largely be dependent on stabilisation of the sovereign debt crisis in Europe and improved global growth prospects.
The report also provides a regional breakdown of UK deal activity which shows that firms located in London accounted for 44% of all UK investments in 2011, at £2.9bn. The value of deal activity elsewhere in the South-East increased to 17%, from 14% in 2010. Other regions that increased their share of value included the North-West, Scotland, East of England, East Midlands and Wales."
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