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Market Spotlight: PE Buyouts

Market Spotlight: PE Buyouts

28 February 2017

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Global private equity buyouts reached a five-year high in 2016, totaling 2,765 deals valued at US$399.4bn. With capital growth accelerating and competition for quality targets increasing, dealmakers are forecasting a flurry of buyout activity in the year ahead.

In order to gain a full understanding of private equity buyout activity in 2017, Donnelley Financial Solutions along with Mergermarket interviewed global dealmakers for insight on what types of buyouts and in which sectors we will see the most activity.

Key findings include:

  • 56% of respondents believe that private equity buyout activity is set to increase in the next 12 months.
  • The majority of those surveyed (60%) view computer software, financial services, and healthcare as the top targets for private equity buyers in the coming year.
  • Respondents predicted the highest amount of cross-border buyout activity will be between Europe and Asia-Pacific in 2017.