Top Deals of 2009 Exclude Private Equity

Private equity’s fingerprints are nowhere near the largest deals of 2009. Unless you consider Berkshire Hathaway a private equity firm, a title which Warren Buffet would be horrified to hold. (He likes to refer to buyout firms as porn shop operators, you may recall)

Berkshire Hathaway’s deal for Burlington Northern Santa Fe, announced today, is the fifth-largest deal in the world this year. It’s Buffet’s largest deal ever.

Below, we’ve posted the full list, courtesy of Thomson Reuters.

Worldwide M&A – Top Deals 2009

Target Name Target
Nation
Acquiror Name Value ($mil)
Wyeth United States Pfizer Inc 64,479.7
Rio Tinto PLC-WA Iron Ore Asts Australia BHP Billiton-WA Iron Ore Asts 58,000.0
General Motors-Cert Assets United States Vehicle Acq Holdings LLC 55,279.5
Schering-Plough Corp United States Merck & Co Inc 45,704.4
Burlington Northern Santa Fe United States Berkshire Hathaway Inc 35,589.8
Citigroup Inc United States Preferred Shareholders 28,078.3
Lloyds Banking Group PLC United Kingdom HM Treasury 22,315.8
Cadbury PLC United Kingdom Kraft Foods Inc 19,309.6
RBS United Kingdom HM Treasury 18,596.5
Petro-Canada Canada Suncor Energy Inc 18,245.8

US M&A – Top Deals 2009

Target Name Target
Nation
Acquiror Name Value ($mil)
Wyeth United States Pfizer Inc 64,479.7
General Motors-Cert Assets United States Vehicle Acq Holdings LLC 55,279.5
Schering-Plough Corp United States Merck & Co Inc 45,704.4
Burlington Northern Santa Fe United States Berkshire Hathaway Inc 35,589.8
Citigroup Inc United States Preferred Shareholders 28,078.3
Liberty Entertainment Inc United States DirecTV Group Inc 14,499.1
Barclays Global Investors Ltd United States BlackRock Inc 13,345.2
Delphi Corp United States Creditors 10,982.0
Pepsi Bottling Group Inc United States PepsiCo Inc 10,757.6
Citigroup Inc United States Preferred Shareholders 10,500.0

Source: Thomson Reuters

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Top Deals of 2009 (Thomson Reuters)