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2008’s Most Active Deal-Doers

The ability to source a deal isn’t much to brag about these days, with only the rarest of deals actually getting completed. Look no further than Carlyle Group, which is laying off 100 employees, a including a number of its deal team members, for proof.

The decline in deals is apparent in a report released by PitchBook Data:

For the first three quarters of 2008, there were 1,302 completed deals, a 33% decline from the 1,936 deals over the same period a year ago.

Still, 1,302 deals is nothing to sneeze at, and there are plenty of firms out there striking deals, just at a much, much slower pace than, say, two years ago. I believe the phrase I keep hearing is “Ten times more work for one tenth of the results.”

In the report, PitchBook lists the top 50 most active private equity firms year to date. Guess what? Layoff-burdened Carlyle Group is listed as number three! (However I think they’ve now been passed by Sun Capital, as the firm told me it’s done 23 deals this year, not 19 as PitchBook reports.) Follow the jump to see them all.

Investor Name Deal Count
GS Capital Partners 32
Warburg Pincus 26
The Carlyle Group 21
Sun Capital Partners 19
The Riverside Company 19
Audax Group 18
H.I.G. Capital 18
The Blackstone Group 17
Lindsay Goldberg 17
TPG Capital 17
Marwit Capital 15
Parthenon Capital 15
Bain Capital 15
Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors 14
American Capital Strategies 14
Weston Presidio 13
Summit Partners 13
Silver Lake Partners 12
Allied Capital 12
Providence Equity Partners 12
Veronis Suhler Stevenson 12
Wind Point Partners 11
Hellman & Friedman 11
Lake Capital 11
Banc of America Capital Investors 11
Arlington Capital Partners 11
ABRY Partners 10
First Reserve 10
GTCR Golder Rauner 10
Housatonic Partners 10
Riverstone Holdings 10
Pegasus Capital Advisors 10
Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe 10
CI Capital Partners 9
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts 9
DLJ Merchant Banking Partners 9
Gryphon Investors 9
Monomoy Capital Partners 9
Equity Based Services 9
KRG Capital Partners 9
Nautic Partners 9
Wachovia Capital Partners 9
Kelso & Co. 8
Apollo Investment Management 8
Fidelity Equity Partners 8
Sterling Partners 8
Centre Partners 8
Harbert Management 8
Huron Capital Partners 8
Peninsula Capital Partners 8

View the entire report here.