Global PE-backed M&A totaled $267 billion so far in 2012, a 12% drop from 2011, according to preliminary data from Thomson Reuters. Private equity-backed mergers targeting the U.S. reached roughly $137 billion year-to-date, a 7% decline from 2011.
Washington D.C.-based Carlyle Group was the most active of all PE firms in 2012 and their deals totaled the most in terms of deal value. Carlyle not only did the most transactions, 101, but their deals represented a total value of $49.5 billion, Dealogic data said.
Here’s the year’s top global PE deals, according to Thomson Reuters.
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The Carlyle Group, in late August, made a $4.9 billion offer for DuPont’s auto-paints unit. The investment comes from Carlyle Partners V and Carlyle Europe Partners III.
The $4.9 billion offer was Carlyle’s biggest transaction in third quarter.