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Leah Hodgson

Senior Venture Capital Reporter

Leah Hodgson is a London-based senior reporter for PitchBook covering venture capital across Europe and the Middle East. Leah graduated from the University of Surrey with a BA in international politics with French. She has previously been a radio reporter in France. She later turned to financial journalism, covering the wealth management industry. She joined PitchBook in 2018.

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5 charts: Q1 European VC trends show sunnier skies

Five charts from PitchBook’s Q1 2024 European Venture Report illustrate key trends shaping the region’s VC market.
Weekend Analysis

Are European LPs the answer to US VC’s fundraising woes?

US VC fundraising has been particularly weak over the past year, and many are turning to Europe to fulfill their capital needs.

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund passes on PE

Norway’s government has decided against allowing its sovereign wealth fund to invest in unlisted equities.

A mega-year for Europe’s PE mega-funds

European PE mega-funds—vehicles of €1 billion or larger—secured record amounts of capital last year.

A comeback for VC gaming investments?

VC investment in gaming startups hs been on a downward course, but a slew of new fund launches could inject life back into the sector.

Quantonation expands Europe’s race for quantum superiority

Appetite for quantum computing startups has been steadily rising in Europe with record levels of investments seen in 2023.

Third time’s the charm for CVC’s listing?

After multiple delays, PE firm CVC Capital Partners could list as early as next week.

A new dawn for Baltic startups?

A survey from nonprofit TechChill finds that a majority of European VC investors are looking to increase investments in the Baltic region.

Investcorp looks to capitalize on growing China-Middle East ties

Bahrain-based investment manager Investcorp is in talks to raise $800 million from China’s sovereign wealth fund.

VC-backed IPOs leave Europe behind

The US has seen a handful of high-profile tech public listings this year, but the IPO window in European remains firmly shut.

Will private capital’s soccer frenzy continue with Tottenham Hotspur?

English Premier League soccer club Tottenham Hotspur’s stake sale is expected to draw interest from private capital investors.

UK carried interest comes under fire

The tax rate applied to carried interest in the UK has been subject to much debate as the country prepares for a general election.

The 10 most active CVC investors in European startups

CVC participation in European VC deals has been on the decline but an anticipated rebound could increase their appetite for startups.

Uzbekistan: the next hotspot for VCs?

Uzbekistan has minted its first unicorn as foreign VCs increase investments.

Frontline Ventures’ fundraise highlights VC’s transatlantic ambitions

The Dublin-based firm has raised $200 million across two funds for B2B software startups.

VCs target Southeast Asia’s B2C startups

B2C startups grabbed the largest share of VC deal value in Southeast Asia last year.

Generational wealth transfer for family offices to spark windfall for VC

As the next generation takes over the reins of family offices, the global VC market is likely to see a boost.

Europe needs to do more for its female founders

Although progress has been made over the past decade, funding levels for female-led startups in Europe remain depressingly low.

How-to guide: Getting your startup acquisition ready

This year is expected to see an increase in acquisitions of VC-backed companies. But what can founders do to improve their chances of selling?

Meet the 10 busiest dealmakers for Europe’s early-stage startups

These are the 10 most active investors in European early-stage startups, according to PitchBook data.

5 charts: Mideast, North Africa VC slows off

VC dealmaking in the Middle East and Northern Africa region fell in 2023 from previous highs.

Declining fortunes: Mapping Germany’s VC ecosystem

VC dealmaking in Germany suffered significant cuts in 2023.

Will the UK’s fishy platform plan boost listings?

UK finance minister Jeremy Hunt set out draft rules for Pisces, a trading platform for private companies.

Monzo’s $5B valuation defies Europe’s fintech slump

Challenger bank Monzo announced a $430 million round at a $5 billion valuation.

Dutch decline: Mapping the Netherlands’ VC ecosystem

Funding for Dutch startups fell significantly in 2023 with the persisting VC downturn.

How pandemic unicorn Hopin came unraveled

London-based virtual events unicorn Hopin has entered liquidation just five years after launch.

EQT runs into the PE asset pileup

Lackluster demand for acquisitions and listings is causing headaches for PE firms as assets pile up.