Deal values in Canada’s buyout and private equity (PE) market slowed in the first three months of 2019 following a record-breaking 2018, according to final data released by Refinitiv. PE investing reflected values of $4.9 billion in Q1 2019, down 50 percent from Q1 2018, and marking the slowest first quarter in dollar terms in five years. Transaction volumes, however, were up 8 percent year over year. Oil and gas companies captured the largest share of dollar flows between January and March, at 39 percent. In the global market, Canadian investors joined 45 transactions valued at $32 billion in Q1 2019, the largest first-quarter amount on record.