More than 800 PE investors have invested in the financial services sector since the start of 2010, according to the PitchBook, altogether backing over 2,100 companies across the globe. Firms completed a decade-record 471 deals last year, a 22% YoY bump, and they're pacing for a big 2015, as well, with 352 closed transactions thus far. The consolidation-friendly insurance industry has seen the biggest rise in popularity over the timeframe, growing from 24% of financial services deals in 2010 to almost 40% this year to date; commercial banks, though, have seen their share of investment drop from 25% to 7% over the same period. Europe-based companies were a big driver in last year's record activity, claiming 174 deals (37% overall).
Top global PE investors in financial services since the start of 2010 and their deal counts (incl. add-ons):
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