Which PE Firm Was the King of Deals in 2010?

Which buyout shop scored the most deals in 2010? Was it KKR? The Blackstone Group?

Quien es mas macho?

The answer should be obvious. The Carlyle Group was the King of deals in 2010. The Washington, D.C., PE firm had 43 transactions in 2010, valued at $18.9 billion, as of Dec. 20, according to Preqin. Carlyle’s totals are more than any other firm. In fact, Carlyle had the most deals in the top 10 (three buyouts: Syniverse, Commscope and NBTY), according to Preqin.

TPG came in second with 25 deals raising $15.7 billion. CVC Capital Partners ranked third with 13 deals valued at $13.6 billion. KKR, surprisingly, came in fourth. The New York buyout shop actually had more deals, 30, than CVC or TPG but their overall value was only $12.9 billion. Warburg Pincus rounded out the top 5, placing fifth with 24 deals raising $7.4 billion, according to Preqin.

Blackstone actually placed eighth. The New York buyout shop had 37 deals–more than any PE firm except Carlyle– but their value was only $6.2 billion. Better luck next year, Tony James!