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Private equity ramps up divestment efforts

Following another period of lacklustre exit activity in Q3, even as deployment was picking up, October saw a notable spike in divestments by PE players across Europe.

GPs announced full or partial exits from 92 investments in October alone, according to Unquote Data. This is a 50% uptick on the September figure, a whopping 113% increase on the low point of 43 exits reached in April, and compares favourably to the 88 exits recorded on average per month between January 2018 and February 2020.

Furthermore, the October 2020 figure exceeds that recorded in the same month in both 2019 and 2018.

European private equity exit volume

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