As private equity targets emerging companies, PE investors are expanding VC deal terms and dynamics.

By Mike Turner, Shing Lo, Tom Evans, Robbie McLaren, Farah O’Brien, David WalkerJon Fox, Katie Peek, and Catherine Campbell

Emerging companies have historically been backed by venture capital funds, but as Europe’s startup scene matures, involvement by more traditional private equity investors is growing, particularly in the tech, consumer, and digital health sectors. The number of PE investments in emerging companies has increased year on year, with investments in companies such as Wolt, Moonbug Entertainment, Zwift, Klarna, Epic Games, and Oatly demonstrating the range of opportunities available to PE sponsors in this space. While PE investors are increasingly familiar with VC deal dynamics, they are also pushing to align growth-deal terms more closely with traditional buyout concepts.