Bloomberg Law
Aug. 8, 2019, 12:14 PM

ANALYSIS: Europe’s IPOs Down, While SPACs Nearly Halt

Preston Brewer
Preston Brewer
Legal Analyst

European IPOs posted poor results by nearly any measure during the first half of the year, contrasting sharply with a U.S. IPO market enjoying stellar growth. Volkswagen’s cancellation of its Traton SE trucks division may be consistent with—and a contributor to—this trend.

IPO Market in Europe Falters Amidst a Slowing European Economy

Mirroring Europe’s anemic economic growth, IPOs in Europe have hit a rough patch that seems likely to worsen.

In the first half of 2019, issuers priced only 71 IPOs, raising $15.9 billion. These results are down substantially from the first half of 2018, when 168 IPOs priced, ...

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