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Private Equity Firms Are Poised to Flex Their M&A Muscles in 2014

M&A competition is predicted to be fierce among private equity firms loaded and primed for M&A deal wars in Private Equity Activity in M&A and ECM.

With some of the world’s biggest private equity (PE) firms sitting on record levels of dry powder, Thomson Reuters’ International Financing Review, in cooperation with Merrill DataSite, gives a read on the current state of PE dealmaking and makes predictions for 2014 being a banner year. This report includes analysis from PE experts at Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs, and looks at strategic influences like a more robust global economy, ready and cheap access to debt financing from liquid banks and capital markets, a run-up in stock prices during 2013, and a mountain of cash. It also considers questions like whether factors, such as stubbornly high prices and the opening up of the IPO market in 2013, will weaken growth in dealmaking—even in the face of intense pressure from financial sponsors to crank up the deal machine.

What’s covered:

  • M&A data tables on the last two years of announced M&A volumes and announced pre-backed M&A volumes, by region
  • Data for 2013 private equity-backed: M&A, IPOs, block trades, and IPO and blocks bookrunners—globally and by region

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