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 Pincus26
The Carlyle Group21
Sun Capital Partners19
The Riverside Company19
Audax Group18
H.I.G. Capital18
The Blackstone Group17
Lindsay Goldberg17
TPG Capital17
Marwit Capital15
Parthenon Capital15
Bain Capital15
Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors14
American Capital Strategies14
Weston Presidio13
Summit Partners13
Silver Lake Partners12
Allied Capital12
Providence Equity Partners12
Veronis Suhler Stevenson12
Wind Point Partners11
Hellman & Friedman11
Lake Capital 11
Banc of America Capital Investors11
Arlington Capital Partners11
ABRY Partners10
First Reserve10
GTCR Golder Rauner10
Housatonic Partners10
Riverstone Holdings10
Pegasus Capital Advisors10
Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe10
CI Capital Partners9
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts9
DLJ Merchant Banking Partners9
Gryphon Investors9
Monomoy Capital Partners9
Equity Based Services9
KRG Capital Partners9
Nautic Partners9
Wachovia Capital Partners9
Kelso & Co.8
Apollo Investment Management8
Fidelity Equity Partners8
Sterling Partners8
Centre Partners8
Harbert Management8
Huron Capital Partners8
Peninsula Capital Partners8

View the entire report here.