Just about any way you slice it, the first half of this decade has seen a marked uptick in private equity investment (non-venture) in the United Kingdom. In 2015, 388 PE investors completed 820 deals, according to the PitchBook Platform, with both figures representing five-year highs. Going back to 2011, 278 investors completed only 553 deals.
So far in 2016, however, there have been signs of a slowdown, perhaps spurred by the looming prospect of a British exit from the European Union. Just 113 U.K. transactions have been completed so far this year, on pace for the lowest total since 2012.
During the past five years, a preponderance of deals completed were in the manufacturing space, with SaaS and cleantech also accounting for significant proportions. One sector off to a slow start thus far in 2016 has been healthcare.
Here are the most active PE investors in the U.K. since 2011, along with their deal counts (incl. bolt-ons):
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