February 7, 2006
Private Buyouts in 2005 Set Records
Globally, private equity firms did $396 billion worth of deals in 2005, a 51% increase over 2004 and an all time high. Private equity firms also raised a new $261 billion in new equity in 2005, also a record. The largest LBO of 2005 was the Apax Partners lead purchase of Danish telecom company TDC A/S for $12 billion. The growth in LBOs was larger than the growth in mergers and acquisitions (39%) and the growth in initial public offerings (20%).
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