Favorable debt markets, successful fundraisings and a growing appetite for deals have boosted private equity potential across Europe. Financial sponsors are eager to put money to work in several key industries, says Jonathan Bourn, managing director at Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc. Baird’s European investment banking team, which closed more than 60 deals over the last three years, expects M&A volume to pick up in the third and fourth quarters. Mergers & Acquisitions spoke with Bourn, who is based in London, on the breadth of opportunities across Europe.

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