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Eric Burg

Senior Editor EMEA

Eric is the senior editor EMEA at PitchBook in London, overseeing the team responsible for producing the European daily newsletter.

He spent 10 years at Bloomberg News/TV, covering all asset classes, with a particular focus on banks and asset managers. Prior to joining PitchBook, he was head of content at Barclays Wealth and Investment Management. Eric studied graphic design before attending the University of Hamburg, where he graduated with a BA in Politics and Finance. Outside of work he enjoys basketball and reading.

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Exclusive: SVB’s new Europe head on why the region is primed for growth

As Silicon Valley Bank expands its footprint, the bank’s new European head sees a huge opportunity. We sat down with Erin Platts to find out more about the continent’s potential and its hottest verticals.

Unlocking VC investing in the Middle East

Saudi Arabia and the UAE are attracting both capital and expertise, as startups seek to expand internationally.

A very Nordic fintech revolution

Founders from the Nordics are among the most successful when it comes to producing successful fintech companies. Here are just a few of the region’s innovative startups looking to revolutionize the industry.

KKR’s €6.8B Springer bid is a win-win deal

KKR has offered to buy out minority shareholders of German media company Axel Springer—a deal that has an appealing business rationale for both.

Sowing the seeds for a vertical farming revolution

Infarm has secured an €88 million investment in an Atomico-led round, with existing backers including Cherry Ventures, TriplePoint Capital and Balderton Capital supporting the fundraise.

EQT Ventures envisages a golden age for European VC

As the European venture ecosystem matures, we spoke to one investor who believes Europe is on the cusp of a golden age.
M&A

Meet the little-known kingmaker behind Fiat Chrysler

While merger talks between Fiat Chrysler and Renault executives continue, there is a little-known power broker in the background who may determine the fate of both companies.

Challenger lenders are facing some old-school problems

Some of the challenger banks are having to deal with problems that have traditionally plagued the established lenders they have set out to disrupt.
ESG

Al Gore’s Generation looks to make an impact with $1B sustainable vehicle

Generation Investment Management, a vehicle co-founded by former US Vice President Al Gore, has raised $1 billion for its latest Sustainable Solutions fund.

Deliveroo lands $575M in Amazon-led round

Amazon is one of the largest investors in Deliveroo with the mega-round, which will boost the British food delivery company in its quest to take on rivals such as Uber Eats.

Demystifying Swiss CVC

Corporate venturing in Switzerland is contributing to a burgeoning ecosystem. But it’s not driven by the banking and pharma giants that stem from the country.

A Game of Private Equity Thrones

The final season of “Game of Thrones” has kicked off. As audiences wait to see who will come out on top in the land of Westeros, we took a look at which European investor could ascend to private equity’s iron throne.

Meet the most valuable venture-backed companies across Europe [interactive graphic]

The European VC ecosystem has been rapidly evolving in recent years, and it’s no longer just London that creating household names. Check out the most valuable VC-backed companies across the continent.
CEE

The next big thing: VC investing in CEE

Central and Eastern Europe’s economic ascent during the past years has put the somewhat-overlooked region on the radar of Western venture capital investors hunting for the next big thing.

Private equity is honing in on the German Mittelstand

When it comes to buyout investing in Germany, investors are eyed with caution, which in turn has a detrimental impact on PE’s long-prophesied, large-scale entry into the German Mittelstand.

Meet Allianz X: The German CVC with a global outlook

Corporate venturing in Europe has matured in recent years and has become an integral pillar of the VC ecosystem. Allianz X, the investment arm of insurance giant Allianz, has truly global ambitions.

How Cerberus could be the kingmaker of a German superbank

Deutsche Bank is said to be in talks to merge with Commerzbank. As a shareholder in both financial institutions, Cerberus is in a position to be the powerbroker in a major banking tie-up.

Italian investor doubles down on high-end UK car brands

Investindustrial is acquiring Morgan Motor, one of the last remaining British-owned carmakers. It’s the second time the investor is buying a prestigious UK car brand. Will it do better this time?

Meet LocalGlobe, one of the UK’s most prolific seed investors

Meet LocalGlobe, the VC firm founded by father-and-son duo Robin and Saul Klein, and one of the UK’s most prolific seed investors.

EU citizens in the UK after Brexit: How to square the circle

Many questions surrounding Brexit remain unanswered, including what will happen to EU citizens once the UK leaves the EU. What will Brexit’s impact be on the access to foreign talent?

The next big thing: Solving global water scarcity

In the latest edition of our series on the next big things in tech, we look at one startup that is trying to address one of the biggest causes of water waste in western civilization.

Meet the VC who is turbocharging seed investing

firstminute capital is a seed fund backed by 30 unicorn founders from the US and Europe. Its unique setup and agnostic approach to both sector and geography have led to an eclectic portfolio.

Next big thing: Oiltech

In the first edition of our “Next big thing” series, we take a look at the evolving commodities space and the emergence of oiltech and, to a wider extent, commoditech.

Michael Bloomberg may face a problem only PE can solve

The founder of the eponymous Bloomberg financial media company has suggested he could sell the business if he runs for president in 2020. If this comes to pass, PE might be his only option.

Why this VC puts efficiency above unicorns

Nauta Capital GP Carles Ferrer Roqueta gives his take on the retail apocalypse narrative and discusses why his firm’s efficient investing mantra is more important than ever.

Impact investing: A multitrillion-dollar market in the making

Apax Partners co-founder and impact investing advocate Sir Ronald Cohen outlines what needs to be done to turn the much-discussed investment strategy into a multitrillion-dollar market.

Country focus: Israel’s on course for further growth

The private market ecosystem in Israel has been maturing rapidly over the past few years. Our latest country focus provides a snapshot of the largest deals, as well as noteworthy investors.