Even in the world of PE, DFC Global's (NASDAQ: DLLR) $1.3 billion purchase price is a hefty sum. Yet Lone Star Funds' recent agreement to take DFC Global private will still just barely make the top 10 largest public-to-private buyouts of financial services companies since the start of 2007. Leading that list are Equity Office Properties Trust ($39 billion) and Realogy Holdings ($6.65 billion).
One notable item about DFC Global is that, unlike most of the companies in the top ten, it's neither focused on real estate nor insurance, but rather focused on consumer finance, offering services like short-term lending, secured pawn lending and the like. However, even if real estate investment trusts capture most of the capital invested (56%), they only accounted for 13% of the deals in the space and such deals have grown more infrequent over the years.
To see the rest of the top ten, as well as all the other financial services companies that have been taken private since 2007, click here.