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The Nordic private equity market has seen significant growth over the last few years, with the region becoming an attractive destination for both investors and entrepreneurs. The region’s stable economy, highly skilled workforce, and supportive business environment have all contributed to the growth of the private equity market.
According to Pitchbook, Nordic private equity saw deal count continue to tick up 6.2% in 2022 after a record breaking 2021. This growth has been driven by a number of factors, including the increasing number of startups and growing interest from international investors.
In this article, we break down the trends and sectors driving this continued growth in private capital in the region.
One of the key trends in the Nordic private equity market is the increasing focus on sustainability ESG factors. Nordic investors have long been focused on sustainability, and this trend has only intensified in recent years as the region has made meaningful strides in commercialized sustainability.
According to a survey conducted by the Nordic Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (NVCA), 99% of the Nordic companies surveyed state that they currently have an ESG policy in place and 60% believe that the value of their investments have increased as a result of their ESG efforts.
A recent McKinsey & Company report highlighted the opportunity for green projects to add up to one million jobs and €130 billion in GDP and drove home the centrality of sustainability to the investment space:
“Nordic companies are uniquely positioned to lead the world in combating climate change, potentially creating a Nordic Silicon Valley of sustainability.”
-McKinsey & Company
Another trend in the Nordic private equity space is the increasing interest in healthcare and life sciences. The region has a strong healthcare system, and there are a number of innovative healthcare startups emerging in the region. Private equity firms are increasingly investing in these companies, which are focused on developing new treatments and technologies to improve healthcare outcomes.
In fact one such company accounted for the largest exit of 2022 – Chr. Hansen merging with Novozymes – at €11.8 billion, according to Pitchbook.
The tech sector continues to attract significant investment in the Nordic private equity space. The region has a thriving startup ecosystem, with a number of successful tech companies emerging in recent years.
In fact, since 2016, tech has been one of the largest sectors in private equity by deal value. 2022 was a record year, with deal value reaching €18.2 billion, representing on its own a quarter of the region’s deal value.
Despite having one of the highest GDP’s per capita in the region and the second largest sovereign wealth fund in the world, Norway has long lagged behind other Nordic countries in private equity deal value. This in large part can be attributed to the fact that that SWF, the so-called Oil Fund, has an emphasis on risk aversion and passive investing, and thus has often avoided private equity.
But the “Norway model” may be evolving soon, as the SWF kicked off 2023 with a letter to the Ministry of Finance exploring the possibility of investing in private equity. Doing so would mean Norway might catch up to its neighbors in PE investment and provide a major boost to the regions private capital investment overall.
The Nordic private equity market is experiencing strong growth, driven by the key factors mentioned above and more. But sustained growth requires robust and flexible infrastructure.
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