Since the start of 2009, Southern Europe has seen a significant jump in PE investor activity (non-venture capital). Between 2009 and 2014, the amount of completed PE deals in the region increased by more than 67%, with 186 deals closing in 2014 alone, according to the PitchBook Platform. The amount of investors active in the region (at least one completed deal in a year) has increased notably, as well, up 44% from 2009 to 2014. Overall, 364 investors backed a Southern European company during the aforementioned time frame; 141 investors closed deals last year, with firms including KKR and WL Ross & Co. involved in transactions of €1 billion or more.
Top investors in Southern Europe since 2009 and their deal counts (incl. add-ons):