Deal value in 2018 was well above 2017 levels but growing political and economic instability led to a tail-off in the second half of the year
Buyout activity rose to new heights in 2018 despite a slower Q4, and all signs point to a busy year ahead for GPs
Transatlantic technology and media deals steal the headlines, but politics and protectionism have curbed dealmaking in 2018
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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