Overall, 2011 saw a significant amount of activity with deal flow, exits and fundraising all ending well above the lows seen in 2009 as U.S private equity continues along its path towards a full recovery. PitchBook and Merrill DataSite have published the Annual PE Breakdown 2012. Powered by PitchBook and sponsored by Merrill DataSite, this report was compiled from the PitchBook Platform and covers trends in U.S. private equity investment, exits and fundraising, with a focus on activity and trends emerging during 2011. Key observations include the reemergence of large deals, an increase in deal multiples, a drop in leverage for middle-market buyouts, strong exit activity and a fundraising environment on the mend.
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