From record SPAC IPOs and M&A deal flow to the SEC issuing a variety of pronouncements, last year was one to remember
Annual deal value more than doubled 2020’s total to reach all-time high
Deal value exceeded US$1 trillion in every quarter for the first time in history, in just one example of the record-shattering 2021
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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