Private Equity Monitor Germany 2016 to 2018 - Reporting on Financial Investors / PEMD

Aims and tasks

Private equity is a form of finance that has been established in Germany, as it has in all industrialized countries. However, little is known about the scope of the activities of financial investors and their impact on the companies they acquire. The "Private Equity Monitor Germany" is a reporting format that annually provides overviews of the transactions and players in the private equity market from an employment-oriented perspective, as well as economic and social policy assessments of takeovers in Germany. The article examines the buyouts and exits of companies in Germany for the reporting years 2016 through 2018, as well as the actors involved (financial investors, vendors of the companies or buyers after the withdrawal of private equity). The long-term impact of private equity is studied by showing the economic development of companies since their first takeover.

In addition, the article reports the total stock of all companies that have more than 2,000 employees who are potentially subject to co-determination and that are currently the property of a financial investor. The profit entitlements and the achieved profits of the private equity companies and the funds they manage are also considered.


The project explores transaction data of the private equity market provided by the information service providers Preqin, Bureau van Dijk and Majunke and combines these data with company data from other databases. The financial volume of the transactions is compiled from published sources or, where no information is available, is estimated using a multiple method. On this basis, time series are compiled for the different forms of events and actors, which allows for type formation and trend identification.

Duration: 2017/01/01– 2019/08/31