We look at the major trends driving global M&A through 2017 and into 2018: resurgence in the energy sector, resilience among UK dealmakers and an increasing appetite for overseas acquisitions by US firms
Buyout volume in 2017 reached a record high, and deal value reached levels not seen since the financial crisis. Meanwhile intense competition for assets is causing sellers to demand higher multiples
From payment processing to NPLs, the private equity industry is stepping up its role in dealmaking within the financial services sector
Excludes all domestic transactions
Megadeals: $5 billion+
Large: $1 billion - $4.99 billion
Upper mid-market: $100 million - $999 million
Lower mid-market: $5 million - $99 million
Undisclosed: No deal value publicly available
Occurs when a financial institution, such as private equity firm or venture capitalist realizes its investment in a company. This is usually achieved by selling its stake to a trade buyer or another financial buyer, or by floating the company on the stock exchange.
The purchase of a company's shares in which the acquiring party gains controlling interest of the targeted firm.
A deal that represents an exit for a buyout to another private equity backed vehicle.
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