The latest research from EY shows that 2014 was a record year for private equity, both in terms of new investments (highest levels since 2008) and exits. Acquisitions of portfolio companies, particularly by North American buyers, was also at a record high.

We continue to see highly competitive conditions amongst private equity funds, particularly for companies exhibiting good growth. if you are a founder thinking about an exit, or a shareholder looking for full or partial liquidity, it is worth considering private equity as a very attractive option.