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2012/05/31

"As early as the fourth quarter of 2011, it was clear that the upward trend in private equity investments would be reversed. This is has now been confirmed by the market figures for the first quarter of 2012," explains Matthias Kues, Chairman of the German Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVK), about the current statistics for the German private equity market. At €669 million, almost a third less than the previous quarter (€1.058 million) was invested in the first three months. The most recent decline in investments is not unique to Germany, it is a phenomenon throughout Europe. It reflects a return to insecurity in the market about how the European debt crisis will impact upon the financial market and financing conditions as well as the state of the economy. Particularly in the area of large majority acquisitions, investment activities decreased considerably in the past few months, as these have always responded sensitively to mood changes in the capital market...

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