Zephyr’ statistics for 2011 show that the value of global private equity investment rose 5 per cent year-on-year to USD 260 billion. Zephyr said that although there was a gain, the increase in value was not nearly as impressive as the previous year’s, when transactions featuring private equity almost doubled to USD 248,028 million from USD 151,004 million in 2009. In 2011 number of deals actually fell by 6 per cent over the same period. Overall, dealmaking levels are still well below 2007 when USD 900.7 billion was invested.
The largest deal of 2011 was the USD 9 billion institutional buy-out of Centro Properties Group’s US assets and platform by BRE Retail Holdings. North American targets accounted for the five highest value transactions during the year.