Berlin is getting ready to host the world’s biggest meeting of financial investors at the SuperReturn International fair, which starts on February 27. Some 2,000 investment managers, lawyers and lobbyists will discuss the outlook of the private equity sector.
It’s looking decidedly rosy. In fact, financial investors have never had as much money at their disposal as they do now. U.S. and British investment funds in particular are crying out for new investment opportunities and have set their sights on Germany, where politicians were decrying them as “locusts” just a decade ago.
Investment managers expect a 2.4 percent increase in mergers and takeovers involving private equity funds in Germany, according to an exclusive study by management consultancy Roland Berger. That compares with an expected increase of just 1 percent in France and a 2.1 percent decline in Britain, the latter as a result of the upcoming exit from the E.U.