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Market Commentary

NYPPEX: 2020 Best & Worst Buyout Funds
in Europe

March 5, 2021

  • NYPPEX believes that 2020 served as an excellent stress test year for evaluating the relative performance of buyout fund strategies in Europe, North America and Asia/Rest of World.
  • Waterland Private Equity Fund III headquartered in The Netherlands was ranked as the number 1 European buyout fund in 2020 by NYPPEX. Return performance was based on net investment multiple since a fund’s inception. Eligible funds had at least $500 million in capital commitments and 2015-2020 vintages.
  • Waterland’s buyout strategy focuses on conducting a top-down analysis of markets or industries that have long-term growth potential or other economic fundamentals favorable to a consolidation strategy, such as an aging population, outsourcing & digitalization, leisure & luxury and sustainability.
  • Regions for the top 10 European buyout funds in 2020 were diverse and comprised of the United Kingdom (3), Sweden (2), Italy, Jersey, France, Switzerland and The Netherlands.
  • Institutional and other qualified purchaser investors are welcome to request a confidential copy of the NYPPEX: 2020 Best & Worst Buyout Funds Worldwide report at

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NYPPEX provides private equity liquidity through the NYPPEX QMS Platform™ and its specialized professionals, with a qualified investor network in over 26 countries.

The NYPPEX Portfolio Pricing service estimates bid indications on over 9,500 private equity funds and private companies headquartered in over 110 countries and 22 currencies. Our bid indications may be taken into consideration by investors to more cost effectively create GAAP and IFRS compliant audited financial statements as per FASB 157 and ASC 820.

The NYPPEX Qualified Matching Service (QMS) received a rare private letter ruling from the U.S. IRS in 2004 formally recognizing its ability to provide a QMS safe-harbor exemption for private partnerships to permit a higher volume of secondary interest transfers annually. NYPPEX is regulated in the U.S. by the SEC and FINRA. Member SIPC.

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