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Interim score for 2014 deal activity: UK back in pole position

11 November 2014 15:00
By Niels Valkering

After a decade-long monopoly on first place, the UK slipped to second on the country ranking for VC deal activity in Europe in 2010, as France took over the top rank. Since then the two countries have continued swapping places in the year-on-year statistics. We were eager to find out how the countries fared this year.

In 2013 it was France’s turn to lead the pack. French companies reported on 373 deals, 20.0% of the total in Europe. The UK came second with 19.1%, only a tad higher than Germany 19.0%.

This year, Tornado Insider’s preliminary data shows the UK re-claiming top spot. Thus far in the year 338 equity investments have been reported by UK tech companies; 21.5% of the European total. France follows at a fair distance with 300 deals (19.1%). The traditional top 3 stays intact with German companies raising 276 deals (17.6%) in 2014 to date.

Spain retains its fourth place of the previous two years. The country’s share in the Europe slipped slightly to 6.4%, compared to 7.8% and 7.6% in 2013 and 2012 respectively. Switzerland is currently placed fifth (4.6%), with the Netherlands hot on its heels (4.5%). Sweden is showing unusually high deal activity this year with 4.0% of the European total, placing the country sixth.

Noteworthy is also the strong increase in deals recorded in the eastern parts of Europe. For example, 60 Russian tech investments (3.8%) have been reported thus far in the year, almost twice the number of full year 2013. In fact, on average the deal-activity doubled for most other countries in the east, from the Baltics down to Bulgaria.

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