Top private equity firms in U.S. deals in 2019: Audax Private Equity ranked No. 1
Audax, HarbourVest and Genstar ranked as the top three most active private equity firms in 2019, based on the volume of completed deals in the U.S., according to PitchBook. Three companies tied for fourth place: Abry, Carlyle and Shore Capital.
Where were these PE firms looking for deals? Eight of the firms on our list name the software and technology sector among their top investment targets, and seven put healthcare companies on their priority list. Financial services and consumer services are each named by five of the firms as industries they focus on, with four naming business services companies. Fundraising from investors in 2019 led to two notable fund launches earlier in 2020: KKR’s $1.3 billion KKR Global Impact Fund and HarbourVest’s $2.6 billion HarbourVest Fund XI.
Here are Mergers & Acquisitions’ profiles of the top 10 firms.
Editor’s Note: This story is a collaboration between Mergers & Acquisitions and PitchBook. The profiles are reported and written by Mergers & Acquisitions, and the deal count and ranking data comes from PitchBook. We use the data available at press time. This story was compiled based on the data available on Feb. 14, 2020.