Ireland top for growth in private equity deals in Europe

Locally, 137 PE deals were completed last year – almost three times the number in 2016

While deal volume soared, their value remained relatively small

Ireland saw the most growth in private equity (PE) deal activity among European countries over the last five years, with an average increase of more than 30 per cent, figures from PitchBook show.

New data indicates that 137 PE deals were completed locally here last year, nearly three times that of 2016’s 57 deals.

However, while deal volume soared, the value of deals remains relatively small with Ireland’s PE deal value for last year totalling ...