The number of business acquisitions by private equity has risen sharply in the past years. For one thing, there is more capital available, for another, entrepreneurs are increasingly open to selling to private equity firms. Het Financieel Dagblad, the leading Dutch business newspaper, recently clarified this increase in several articles. This article primarily focuses on facts and figures based on closed transactions with a deal value of between 1 and 100 million euro, advised by Marktlink since 2020.
Facts and figures from our database indicate that a private equity firm was the buyer in 70% of business acquisitions in 2022. In 2020, this percentage was just 53%. Nowadays, one or more investors are among the 6 to 10 selected potential buyers in all but a few M&A processes. Investors can be either private equity firms or businesses backed by a private equity investor.