The Pulse of Private Equity – 10/30/2017

PE’s growing influence on M&A


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Private equity holdings now make up 11% of all target companies in the M&A market. That percentage was a good deal smaller in the not-so-distant past, but the share of PE-backed M&A targets has steadily increased since the financial crisis. Simple arithmetic explains part of this—with PE’s company inventory growing alongside a dwindling supply of listed companies,