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February 2017: Private Equity Digest

February 21, 2017 download PDF


In this edition of the Paul, Weiss Private Equity Digest, we review private equity M&A market trends from 2016 and discuss expectations for 2017.

In the private equity market for December 2016 and January 2017:

  • While the number of funds that closed in the U.S. (13) was the same in both December 2016 and January 2017, the dollar value raised declined from $19.7 billion in December to $14.3 billion in January.
  • With respect to U.S. sponsor-backed exits, the total value increased significantly in January, from $26.0 billion in December to $42.5 billion, while the number of exits declined from 92 in December to 75 in January.
  • Sponsor-related M&A activity in the United States, as measured by dollar volume, was relatively stable from December ($30.0 billion) to January ($30.9  billion), but global sponsor-related M&A activity decreased sharply, from $80.5 billion in December to $45.2 billion in January.  By contrast, as measured by the number of deals, January saw an increase in sponsor-related M&A activity in the United States (from 83 in December to 120 in January) and globally (from 244 in December to 288 in January).

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