According to data from Dow Jones VentureSource (PDF), reported this morning by (also Dow Jones-owned) The Wall Street Journal, VC investment into European companies rose to its highest figure since the third quarter of 2001.
European companies raised €2.6 billion in 345 deals during the quarter, a 41 percent increase compared to Q4 2014, even if the number of deals dropped 5 percent in the same period. The top deal was Rocket Internet's injection of capital into Berlin-based Delivery Hero.
Notably, Germany was the most favoured destination for equity financing during the first quarter of 2015, receiving €921 million across 64 deals, while the UK came in second with €886 million raised.
According to Dow Jones VentureSource, the number of venture-backed M&As that took place in Europe during Q1 2015 was 49. We also reported on the number of exits (venture-backed or not) that we tracked in Q1 2015; we counted a total of 140 acquisitions, mergers and IPOs in Europe for the quarter.
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