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August 28, 2018 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Top Private Equity Investors by Deal Team Size

Instead of providing a general list of the Top 10 Private Equity Firms with the largest, well-known firms, I wanted to identify formidable acquirers that may be lesser-known. To do this, I normalized the number of platform acquisitions (2018 YTD) by the number of deal makers (titles of Vice President and higher) at each firm. The lists below show the top 10 most acquisitive private equity firms, grouped by deal team size.

June 17, 2018 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Industries Ripe for an Exit from Private Equity Firms

Portfolio companies currently held 5 – 7 years are likely ripe for an exit from their private equity owners. Industry concentrations within this aged group of portfolio companies might provide leading deal flow indicators. These industries, and certain sub-sectors within them, may have tidal changes of ownership as private equity firms convert equity to liquidity to provide returns to limited partners.

Using our database of private equity portfolio companies, I identified four industry sectors that are thematic in the U.S. portfolio companies currently held between 5 and 7 years:

  1. Manufacturing
  2. Technology
  3. Medical / Health
  4. Oil & Gas

No surprise really, since these are large industry categories. Consequently, for each industry above, I looked for sub-sector concentrations, discussed below.

June 01, 2018 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Private Equity Relationships with Select Investment Banks

Private equity firms try to develop and maintain good business relationships with the various investment banks because the I-banks drive potential deal flow to the PE firms. It’s a symbiotic relationship.

When private equity firms exit their portfolio companies, some act as their own M&A advisor (private equity executives often have prior investment banking experience), but many PE firms hire investment bankers to represent them in the sale of their portfolio companies.

Which Investment Banks Do They Engage?