Natixis’ Graham Olive examines the possibility of Northern Europe losing its safe haven status for private equity

For much of the post-financial crisis period, Northern Europe has been considered a safe haven for private equity investment and leveraged financing. However, as the Ukraine crisis threatens Germany’s economy, political uncertainty hits Sweden, and the UK was for a period engulfed by Scottish and EU referendum issues, the environment is beginning to look less certain – certainly, investors and lenders could be forced to reconsider the relative security of their safe haven environment.

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