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Private Equity in the UK: Market Research Report

Market Research • Market Size • Industry Statistics • Industry Analysis • Industry Trends

Private Equity Market Research Report | SIC K64.303 | May 2016

In funds: Economic expansion has supported consistent revenue growth over the past five years

IBISWorld’s Private Equity market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Blackstone Group Blackstone Group market share
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The United Kingdom is the largest European centre for the management of private equity investments and funds, and is second only to the United States in terms of global importance. Private equity funds focus on generating long-term returns, typically within a 10-year period. The aftermath of the financial crisis brought the industry to its knees due to plummeting investment and fund raising activity and dwindling asset valuations. As a result the industry is projected to expand from a low revenue base.

Industry revenue is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 4% over the five years through 2016-17. Despite this, industry revenue is expected to remain below pre-crisis levels in real terms... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter


Private equity funds tend to be set up and operate from one central location. Because London is one of the major financial centres it is expected to house 53.1% of establishments that operate in the industry in 2016-17. There are two key reasons for this. One being that it allows them to be located close to a large number of potential investors. The other reason why these types of funds tend to be located in London is because that is where the most talented managers and analysts are found. The expertise and skill of a manager who operates the fund and makes investment decisions is crucial to the success of the business and the returns it generates for investors.

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What is the Private Equity Industry?

Companies in this industry manage private equity funds – a type of collective investment fund that targets investment in private companies – on behalf of investors such as pension funds, insurance companies and individual investors. They generate revenue by charging management fees for their services.

Industry Products
BuyoutsExpansion capitalReplacement capitalVenture capital
Industry Activities
Managing private equity fundsHelping to manage portfolio companies

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