PE Deal Volume Falling As Funds Struggle To Compete

By Chelsea Naso (November 19, 2015, 9:36 PM EST) -- The volume of acquisitions inked by private equity firms has fallen significantly in 2015, as sky-high valuations and fiercely competitive auctions are forcing financial sponsors to rethink traditional investment strategies, experts say.

Slowing mergers and acquisitions activity among private equity funds comes even as the global M&A market is soaring toward record highs, with deal value effortlessly surpassing the $4 trillion mark in November for the first year-to-date period on record, according to Dealogic, which tracks deals as they are announced.

Since January, private equity funds have inked just 1,543 acquisitions, representing the lowest year-to-date deal flow since 2009, according to...

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