2013 marked the return of the mega-mega-buyout. Two of them, at least, which is two more than what we’ve seen since the financial crisis just over five years ago. The $24.9 billion Dell buyout and the $23.2 billion Heinz deal were the two largest private equity deals since then. Of the five largest private equity deals completed this year, two were in the technology space (Dell and BMC Software), a market that typically doesn’t see multibillion dollar buyouts, much less investments at the $25 billion level. The list also includes a private equity bug-a-boo, Warren Buffet, who partnered with Brazil’s 3G Capital to buy out Heinz in June. In fact, if we listed 2013's top buyouts by transaction value, Buffet would have been behind the largest PE deal of the year at $28 billion.
It truly has been a topsy-turvy year in the private equity world, and PitchBook was there to track it all. Click here to check out the list of the five biggest buyouts of 2013.