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About private equity

For investors


What private equity offers investors

A private equity fund is a long-term investment vehicle that delivers stable returns, even in a low-yield environment, to institutional investors, such as pension funds and insurers.

Investors commit capital to the fund for a period of at least ten years. This capital is invested in a portfolio of companies, which the fund manager seeks to transform through active ownership over a number of years. When the time is right, the private equity fund manager sells the investments. The returns they generate enable investors to meet their long-term liabilities.

European private equity enjoys the added advantage of operating and investing in a stable and proven economy, which is also the world’s largest single market. European fund managers are experts in locating and managing investments across this diverse continent.

Venture capital (VC) funds typically invest in new and innovative businesses. European VC managers have the skills and experience to commercialise innovative ideas and take them to a global market. Examples of VC-backed companies include Skype, Trivago and, the creator of Candy Crush. You can learn more about European VC in our report The Acceleration Point: Why Now is the Time for European VC.

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Venture Capital Survey 2021: Market sentiment

13 Oct 2021
EIF & Invest Europe Research

The European Investment Fund (EIF) with the support of Invest Europe, published 'The VC Survey 2021: Market Sentiment,' a new report that provides an opportunity to retrieve unique market insights. The paper focuses on the market sentiment and the impact of COVID-19. The study looks at the current situation, developments in the recent past and expectations for the future.

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The VC Factor - Pandemic Edition

23 Sep 2021
EIF & Invest Europe Research

Invest Europe, in partnership with the European Investment Fund (EIF), published ‘The VC Factor - Pandemic Edition’, a new report illustrating European venture capital’s continued strong support for innovative and fast-growing start-ups in the immediate aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

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The VC Factor: Data-driven insights about VC-backed start-ups in Europe

05 Dec 2019
EIF & Invest Europe Research

“The VC Factor” is the first large-scale study of VC-backed start-ups located in the EU. A joint effort of the EIF and Invest Europe, the research looks at about 9,000 firms invested in 2007-15 and analyses their characteristics as well as their post-investment performance.

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The Acceleration Point: Why Now is the Time for European VC

11 Jul 2017
Invest Europe

A detailed paper outlining the expansion and success of the European venture capital industry. The publication draws on recent studies which show rising returns from European VC, and discusses how the industry will play a crucial role in fulfilling Europe's key priority for growth.

Report PDF 4.34 MB
Infographic PDF 563.41 KB
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Pension Fund Guide to Private Equity and Venture Capital

23 Sep 2016
Invest Europe

A practical guide for pension funds on why and how to invest in private equity and venture capital. Also includes an overview of the benefits and risks involved in private equity and venture capital investments, and the different ways for institutions to access the asset class.

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Investor regulation

Pension funds, insurers and banks are important investors in private equity and venture capital. Invest Europe has been active in ensuring that the prudential rules these institutional investors face do not disincentivise them from investing capital in our industry.

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