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The Unquote team is here twice a month to discuss all the hot topics in European private equity and venture capital

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The Unquote team is here twice a month to discuss all the hot topics in European private equity and venture capital

    2020 Review: Nordic

    2020 Review: Nordic

    Much has been made of Sweden's response to Covid-19 and the country's avoidance of stringent national lockdowns, but its private equity market remained as strong as in the previous year. Finland also performed well, in no small part due to its budding tech ecosystem, which will have been bolstered by the supercharged digitalisation trend.

    Unquote reporter Katharine Hidalgo welcomes Unquote’s Nordic market specialist, Eliza Punshi, to discuss how the Nordic PE industry fared in 2020 and what’s on the minds of market players as 2021 beckons.

    0:00 – Intro
    0:33 – Pan-European 2020 trends overview
    2:33 – Nordic headline figures
    4:38 – VC and tech remain robust
    6:50 – Outlook for 2021

    Theme music: ©2012 Kick Up The Fire

    • 8 min
    2020 Review: DACH

    2020 Review: DACH

    European private equity was hit hard by the coronavirus crisis, but GPs adapted swiftly by protecting their portfolios and switching their due diligence online. In DACH, however, records were broken on both ends of the market – with the most VC and growth investments in a year, and the region's largest buyout ever.

    Unquote reporter Katharine Hidalgo welcomes Unquote’s DACH market specialist, Harriet Matthews, to discuss how the DACH industry fared in 2020 and what’s on the minds of market players as 2021 beckons.

    0:00 – Intro
    0:33 – Pan-European 2020 trends overview
    2:33 – DACH headline figures
    4:28 – New players moving in
    6:10 – Blockbuster deals
    8:40 – Outlook for 2021

    Theme music: ©2012 Kick Up The Fire

    • 10 min
    2020 Review: France

    2020 Review: France

    In a series of 2020 reviews, Unquote dives into the data to discover how the various regions of Europe performed during the coronavirus crisis, and what GPs expect for the year ahead.

    France was one of the countries hit the hardest by the coronavirus early on in the pandemic, with a very strict lockdown severely impacting PE activity for most of Q2. However, it was also among the strongest rebounders as restrictions eased in early summer, with GPs striving to resume the investment pace that made France the busiest European PE market in recent years.

    Unquote reporter Katharine Hidalgo welcomes Unquote editor Greg Gille to discuss key takeaways from a tumultuous year in the French market, and see how dealflow and fundraising prospects are faring as 2021 rolls on.

    0:00 – Intro
    0:33 – Headline investment activity figures for 2020
    3:48 – Recent dealflow trends & tech boom
    8:19 – Fundraising market overview & pipeline

    Theme music: ©2012 Kick Up The Fire

    • 13 min
    2020 Review: UK & Ireland

    2020 Review: UK & Ireland

    The full picture of Covid-19's impact on private equity activity will become clearer when final numbers can be tallied up in early 2021. But the early figures highlight how a 2008-style meltdown was averted, both in terms of deal-doing and fundraising.

    That said, the crisis has further exacerbated a bifurcation in the market that is likely to lead to ever more competitive processes and correspondingly high average entry multiples, at a time when the full ramifications of Covid-19 for a number of businesses are still not crystal clear.

    Unquote editor Greg Gille welcomes Unquote’s UK market specialist, Katharine Hidalgo, to discuss how the UK industry fared in 2020 and what’s on the minds of market players as 2021 beckons.

    0:00 – Intro
    0:33 – Pan-European 2020 trends overview
    2:38 – UK headline figures
    4:50 – Pent-up demand and CGT hike looming
    9:14 – Outlook for 2021

    Theme music: ©2012 Kick Up The Fire

    • 13 min
    2020 Review: Southern Europe

    2020 Review: Southern Europe

    In a year of unprecedented events, GPs across Europe have adapted working habits and changed their outlook, but despite the shifting economic landscape, many of the same trends have only seemed more prevalent in 2020. Amid rising investment and exit volumes, GPs have witnessed and participated in a continued flight for quality, as the fundraising market continues to bifurcate.

    Unquote reporter Katharine Hidalgo speaks with southern-Europe-focused reporter Alessia Argentieri to discuss how these trends are playing out in the region, as well as the headline PE statistics and the outlook for 2021.

    0:00 – Intro
    00:33 – Pan-European 2020 trends overview 
    2:45 – Southern European headline figures 
    5:40 – Mega-deals soldiering on 
    8:17 – Outlook for 2021


    Theme music: ©2012 Kick Up The Fire 

    • 10 min
    Jersey strikes the balance

    Jersey strikes the balance

    Unquote has partnered with Jersey Finance to record a second podcast. Funded by members of the local finance industry and the Government of Jersey, the not-for-profit organisation works to represent the interest of its 160 member firms, encourage best practice, and help the local industry develop.

    Elliot Refson, head of funds for the organisation, discusses the blend of innovation and stability that the island offers to private equity, from the firm’s AIFMD stance, to its brand new ESG product. We also discuss Jersey's no-change outlook in the face of Brexit.

    0:00 – Intro 
    1:54 – Brexit, substance and transparency 
    4:57 – Exclusive: Jersey Finance’s new ESG product 
    9:44 – International outlook

    Unquote would like to thank Jersey Finance for sponsoring and contributing to this episode of the podcast.

    Theme music: ©2012 Kick Up The Fire

    • 14 min

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