When the global COVID-19 pandemic stormed across the globe in early 2020, the private equity sector was hit hard: deal flow fell through the floor as mid-market funds and advisors battened down the hatches to focus on active portfolio management.

Yet the bounce back was swift: the total value of private equity investments in the first three quarters of 2020 exceeded 2019 totals. This resilience and the record sums of dry powder available are a cause for optimism even as ongoing uncertainty from the coronavirus pandemic persists.

As private equity firms rapidly adapt to the new market conditions, mid-market businesses are increasingly looking to them as a route to growth. Today we see deals coming back to market and opportunities for investment opening up in areas as diverse as technology, education, pharmaceuticals, food-tech and distribution.

This is a pivotal moment for private equity

While the global challenges facing businesses are unprecedented, investors who see the potential opportunities and respond with agility and innovation to meet them are well-placed to reap the long-term rewards.

It’s a situation that demands a different type of adviser – one willing to go beyond business as usual so you can too. At Grant Thornton we deliver an experience that’s personal, agile and proactive. With a deep understanding of the dynamics and challenges faced by mid-market businesses across a variety of industries, we can help you to identify and navigate investment opportunities. Our global scale and capability means that we are wherever you need us to be.

We look forward to supporting you to navigate the landscape and achieve accelerated growth for your business.