Whilst our quarterly review confirmed a slowdown in the number of deals compared with the deals completed at the end of last year, we did see a rise in completion of mega deals. However, in light of the recent result of the EU Referendum in the UK, it is fair to say that we are in unchartered waters.
A key focus in these uncertain times will certainly be in driving value creation within current investments. This will no doubt bring the role of responsible investment and leadership teams to the forefront of the private equity agenda. There is now an opportunity for private equity firms to focus on their environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices helping them deliver value within their portfolio companies and putting appropriate systems in place including incentivisation plans for their leadership teams.
Despite the current uncertainty there are still sectors, such as the energy sector, that are showing a marked increase in M&A and opportunities are now coming to market. Our sector focus in this edition highlights some interesting considerations in regards to looking at risk management and mitigation in investments in the energy sector.
We have included an interesting spotlight on the Nordic private equity trends and challenges, taking a snapshot of the market and evaluating the important issues facing Nordic private equity funds.
As with previous newsletters, we have tried to touch on current topics of interest in the marketplace as well as our specific sector and geography spotlights which we will continue with in future editions.
In This Issue