The top five biggest private equity acquirers, by value of deals, over the past five years were KKR, the Blackstone Group, TPG, Carlyle and Bain Capital. KKR posted 67 deals valued at $233.3 billion to come in first on the list, Bloomberg said. The data ranked firms by the total value of deals announced from Sept. 15, 2005 to Sept. 15, 2010.
Blackstone placed second with 117 deals totaling $197.4 billion, while TPG ranked third with 78 transactions valued at $193.1 billion.
Carlyle was the busiest and did more deals than any other firm during the five year time period. Carlyle ranked fourth with 182 transactions valued at $123.8 billion. Bain came in fifth with 64 deals totaling $118.6 billion.
Over the past five years, KKR’s biggest deal was its $43.2 billion buy of Energy Future Holdings in 2007 while Blackstone’s largest transaction was its $34.1 billion acquisition of Equity Office Properties.
The top five firms also used many of the same advisers. KKR most often went to Citigroup for financial advice, while both Bain and Blackstone used BofA Merrill Lynch a lot, Bloomberg said. Both TPG and Carlyle frequently sought out the services of Goldman Sachs.