The Biggest Dealmakers in Private Equity


January 18, 2013

Citing Preqin’s latest data Assets International CIO magazine said this week that Carlyle was the biggest dealmarker in 2012. (Preqin has a blog entry on the topic here.) The Carlyle Group dominated global PE with 48 acquisitions totaling USD26.87 billion, which was 10% of the industry’s total 2012 deal value.


Second in the ranking was Apollo Global Management, which invested half of amount that Carlyle did. The article quoted William Conway, Carlyle Group’s co-founder and co-CEO, in a Q3 earnings call on November 8, speaking about this firm’s strong activity.


He said, “First, we have a larger corporate private equity business than many of our peers… [which enables Carlyle to] find investments, where others can’t. And our experience gives us the comfort to pursue investments where others won’t.” Carlyle also reportedly can get better debt rates.


The third most active PE group was Blackstone Group, doing 33 deals across a variety of industries in 2012, worth a total of $13 billion. Riverstone Holdings and Advent International were fourth and fifth.

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