Slideshow: The Year’s Top Private Equity Deals

Last week, we discovered which private equity firm was the biggest dealmaker. Now it’s time for the largest PE deals of the year.

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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