By the end of 2026, private capital AUM in Europe is forecast to reach €4.9 trillion, delivering a 14% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in AUM since 2021, according to Preqin analysts.

The total assets under management (AUM) of private capital funds focused on Europe stood at €2.2 trillion at the end of December 2021, according to Preqin Pro, the company’s database and analytics tool. To put this into perspective, in December 2015, the industry’s AUM was around €1.3tn, almost doubling in the last seven years.

The strong performance of private capital assets following the global financial crisis (GFC) has brought many new investors to these markets. What’s more, the Covid-19 crisis created new opportunities in Europe, with the sharp V-shaped rebound helping existing investments in older vintages and pushing performance numbers noticeably higher.

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