The latest figures from Zephyr’s research team reveal that global private equity investment grew for the third consecutive year in 2012, as the graph above shows. The value of deals done increased and is the highest recorded since 2008, but the total value is still significantly down on the pre-financial crisis investment peak.
The size of deals is up, which means that the actual number of deals fell for the second successive year to just 3,785 deals from 4,033. All of the top 20 deals by value were greater than USD 2 billion, accounting for 26 per cent of the total value global private equity investment in 2012. The largest was the USD 10.7 billion acquisition of Singapore based beverage-to-real estate conglomerate Fraser and Neave by a consortium comprising Farallon Capital. US and Canadian targets accounted for 11 of the top 20 deals in 2012. (Image source: Zephyr)