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Pitchbook: European Private Equity Dealmaking Up In Q2

Data and research firm PitchBook today released its 2Q 2018 European PE Breakdown Report, which found investment activity remained healthy in the first half of the year, aided by the closing of several large deals including Blackstone's €2.1 billion buyout of Cirsa Gaming and PAI Partners' €3.3 billion LBO of Refresco Group. The firm saw a slowdown in exits, but believes Europe's PE Fundraising in 2018 is likely to end on a high note, potentially eclipsing the record setting figure of €79 billion achieved in 2017. "We may be seeing the first signs of Brexit's impact on Europe's PE ecosystem," said Wylie Fernyhough, analyst at PitchBook. "Data suggests that dealmakers...