Which PE Firm Was The Biggest Dealmaker Of 2012? The Winner Is…

David Rubenstein, a Carlyle Group co-founder

It’s that time of year again.

There’s only a few weeks left in 2012 and it’s time to find out which PE firm was the most active, and biggest, dealmaker this year. To do this, we’re looking at which firm took part in the most transactions, as a buyer and a seller, and which accumulated the most in terms of deal value.

The result is no surprise. The winner of the most active PE firm this year hails from Washington D.C. The Carlyle Group shrugged off a lackluster IPO in May to take part in more transactions this year than any other firm, according to data from Dealogic. Carlyle posted 101 global announced mergers, valued at $49.5 billion, Dealogic says. This is 36% more–in terms of the number of deals– than the runner up, Bain Capital, which did 74 deals valued at $13.2 billion.

Which firm was the biggest dealmaker? Here are the results according to Dealogic.

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