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Deals and Exits Snapshot for November 2015


12/4/15

In November, private equity deal activity continued its downward trend turning in the lowest levels of the year with only $3.2 billion invested and 162 deals completed. Private equity exits totaled 65 for November equaling a low set back in April. The lack of quality deal flow coupled with continued high valuations is presenting difficulties for private equity firms transacting in today’s challenging market. Generating proprietary deal flow and firm differentiation continue to be the keys to success today and we expect this to remain the case for the remainder of the year and into 2016.

As we look forward, we expect to see the environment for transaction activity remain relatively unchanged. Private equity firms anxious to build their portfolios will need to focus their efforts on sourcing proprietary deal flow. Industry and situation specialization will help build a more vibrant pipeline.

Identifying potential deal breakers early in the process will help increase certainty of close, and building a well-thought integration plan during the diligence process will result in a more efficient return on investment.
 
For more information, please contact Jeremy Swan, a CohnReznick principal and National Director of the Firm’s Private Equity and Venture Capital Industry Practice, at jeremy.swan@cohnreznick.com or 646-625-5716.


This has been prepared for information purposes and general guidance only and does not constitute professional advice. You should not act upon the information contained in this publication without obtaining specific professional advice. No representation or warranty (express or implied) is made as to the accuracy or completeness of the information contained in this publication, and CohnReznick LLP, its members, employees and agents accept no liability, and disclaim all responsibility, for the consequences of you or anyone else acting, or refraining to act, in reliance on the information contained in this publication or for any decision based on it.

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