As you look to grow your business or look to change the shareholder base, it’s imperative to understand the options that will enable you to achieve your strategic objectives, both in terms of financial investment and operational insight.

The private equity industry supports management teams by providing capital to fund growth, or restructure shareholdings; and, if required, by enabling the business to access the expertise needed to help it continue its growth trajectory while aligning investor interests with management through equity incentivisation.

At KPMG, we have strong embedded relationships with all the key private equity firms both in the UK and Internationally. We have relationships with firms which invest across the entire spectrum of deal sizes. We have sold businesses to them and bought businesses for them. Most importantly, we know what makes them tick, what they are looking for in the new opportunities and how they assess value.

Our understanding of the private equity industry allows us to provide the best possible advice and offer market leading solutions across the lifecycle of a private equity backed business, from initial investment to a successful exit.

Given our understanding of the investor population, we are ideally placed to help you find the right partner, based on deep understanding of their investment focus and partnering style. Once we’ve helped you find the right partner, we’ll help you negotiate an optimal deal and work with you through the investment cycle to achieve the best possible outcomes.

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UK mid-market private equity snapshot 2023

Mid-market* private equity investment activity in the UK declined by 10% in 2023, as challenging macroeconomic conditions presented few glimmers of hope for recovery, according to KPMG UK’s latest Mid-market Private Equity report.

The firm’s most recent M&A study has revealed that 675 mid-market transactions were completed during the year, representing a 10% drop when compared to the 735 transactions completed in 2022. Meanwhile, the UK Private Equity market overall witnessed a more significant decline, with the total volume of deals down by 20% from 1,802 in 2022 to 1,451 in 2023.

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