Central & Eastern Europe Data Insight (Mid-Year 2019)

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Following a strong 2018, private capital fundraising and investment activity in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) slowed in 1H 2019. Managers raised only USD217 million, led by the USD306 million interim close of Innova Capital’s sixth fund—of which USD67 million was raised in 1H 2019. However, veteran CEE fund managers, including the largest GPs in Turkey, are reportedly raising new funds, which could bolster fundraising totals by the end of the year. The region has experienced a reversal in investor sentiment, with respondents to EMPEA’s 2019 Global Limited Partners Survey indicating the highest level of market attractiveness for CEE since 2015. However, large transactions still influence investment totals, exemplified by Mid Europa Partners’ USD114 million buyout of Poland’s intive, the region’s largest investment recorded in 1H 2019.