2010 has revealed a renewed interest in large deals amongst PE investors. Since the beginning of 2009, PE investors have completed 94 investments of at least $500 million, according to the PitchBook platform. With 68 of those deals completed this year, 2010 has more than doubled the number of $500 million+ deals closed during 2009. Those 68 deals alone have included about $77.6 billion of capital. 2010 has also witnessed the closing of the six largest deals during the two-year time period. The bigger deals this year have been made possible by an increased availability of debt and a build-up of capital in PE investors' coffers.