September 17, 2015

International investments in Finnish companies on the increase

International private equity investors invested 403 million euros in Finnish companies in January–June 2015.
International private equity investors invested 403 million euros in Finnish companies in January–June 2015.
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The Finnish Venture Capital Association has published statistics on the activity of private equity investors in January–June. A total of 636 million euros was invested in Finnish companies through 157 transactions. The corresponding figure in 2014 was 270 million euros.

A single foreign investment accounted for more than a third of the total amount invested in the first half of 2015.

The capital managed by Finnish private equity firms has risen to a record-high level, at 5.8 billion euros. Of the capital under management, 1.2 billion euros is in venture capital funds that invest in early-stage companies.

International private equity investors invested 403 million euros in Finnish companies in January–June 2015, against 35 million euros during the corresponding period last year. At the same time, international investors exited their previous Finnish investments in the amount of more than 522 million euros.

“The continued interest shown by Finnish and international private equity investors in investing in Finland is extremely positive, as they build growth and create jobs in businesses even in the current economic situation,” says the association’s managing director Marika af Enehjelm.

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