Private Equity Deals Hit New Record

2018 saw a record number of private equity deals, including the $17.0 billion buyout of the financial and risk business of Thomson Reuters

PitchBook 15 January, 2019 | 11:59AM

Deal making

While stock markets struggled last year, the US private equity industry closed a record 5,050 deals, a rise of 32% on the previous year. These deals were worth $803.5 billion, 11% above 2017 levels, and the second best year for deal value on record. 

The fourth quarter saw the highest quarterly deal value on record at $282.7 billion. In the last three months of the year, several mega-deals of $1 billion+ closed, including the $17.0 billion buyout of 55.0% of the financial and risk business of Thomson Reuters, renamed Refinitiv. Through this buyout, Blackstone will attempt to invigorate the financial data and analytics business and to take share in a notoriously competitive market.

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