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European private equity review autumn 2017 edition

12 October 2017 | Europe

In the Autumn 2017 edition of the Herbert Smith Freehills European Private Equity Review we highlight legal developments with particular significance for European financial sponsors and share our experience of trends across the European private equity landscape and opportunities for potential growth.

With an ever increasing number of high profile minority investments in technology and online platforms by private equity, in our first article, we examine the key due diligence considerations which should be at the forefront of a private equity investor's mind as they seek to tap into this rapidly growing market.

In our second article, continuing the theme of minority investments, we consider the key differences between a minority investment and a traditional majority buyout by a private equity fund - in particular how a private equity investor will need to ensure its investment is adequately protected and that its route to exit is clear when contemplating taking a non-control minority stake.

Our third article looks at the trend of increased shareholder activism in Europe and the opportunities and potential pitfalls it presents for private equity.

The final article considers the different means by which to reward and incentivise management where traditional 'co-investment' and 'sweet equity' models may not be appropriate.

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