This year should be the best for PE investments in financial services since the financial crisis, according to Freeman & Co.
So far in 2011, there have been 69 PE transactions in financial services. But only 48 disclosed their valuations, Freeman said. Whatever the number, the deals totaled $14.9 billion during the first half of 2011, said Freeman, a New York IB that focuses mainly on financial services.
Last year, there were about the same number of deals, 70, valued at $10.1 billion, Freeman said. The average deal size this year was $309.4 million, a 39% increase from the $222.7 million posted during the first half of 2010.