Allen Wagner February 03, 2014
PitchBook will release on Feb. 12 its inaugural PE & VC Global League Table Report, featuring the most active investors, lenders, advisors and law firms in the private equity and venture capital spaces in 2013. The rankings will be broken down into several categories, such as deal location, industry and deal type, to name a few.
Today we’re providing a preview of 2013′s top PE investors globally (by deal count) in a selection of industries.
I’ll leave the title of most active PE dealmaker worldwide last year a mystery for now, and instead focus on some of the most active firms in the most popular industries for private equity investing. Each major industry had a different investor take the top spot in 2013, unlike in the VC space. Audax Group was far and away the most prolific PE investor in the B2B industry last year, closing 14 deals. Lloyds Development Capital and The Carlyle Group came in second with 11 investments each.
Apollo Global Management and Catterton Partners tied with eight deals each to lead the B2C league table. Apollo had a couple of high-profile B2C investments in 2013—its $2.4 billion buyout of McGraw-Hill Education and a relatively small, but widely discussed, $60 million equity investment in Beats to build a spin-off company. The Carlyle Group, which finished tied for third in the B2C rankings with six deals, also made a major bet on Beats with its own $500 million growth round in September 2013.
Meanwhile, KKR led in healthcare with nine deals and Riverstone Holdings took the top spot in the energy sector with 13 completed private equity deals. Riverstone bested Denham Capital Management, which came in second at 10 energy deals.
Stay tuned over the next week for more league table previews as we finish up our final 2013 rankings for publication.
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