Foreign deals with the US slowed considerably as China turned its attention to Western Europe in 2018. The trend looks likely to continue through 2019
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
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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