Private Equity Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Private Equity Market is segmented by Investments (Large CAP, Upper Middle Market, Lower Middle Market, and Real Estate) and Geography.

Private Equity Market Snapshot

global private equity market size
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 11 %
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Market Overview

The global private equity market is estimated to register a CAGR of approximately 11%, during the forecast period. Private equity buyouts reached an all-time peak of 5,106 deals globally, with an aggregate value of USD 456 billion in 2018. With this record, buyout activity is at historically high valuations. The pace of activity overcame various macro challenges to private equity deal-making, including competition from strategic acquirers, high-multiple valuations and, in the fourth quarter, rising interest rates and disruption in the high-yield and leveraged loan markets. The vast majority of the capital was raised in the United States. In Canada, the industry that attracted the most private equity deals was industrial and manufacturing in 2018. The second-largest region for private equity was in Asia, where 90 billion USD was raised by private equity companies in 2018. The value of private equity assets under management has risen steadily in the region since 2010. In 2018, the average private equity deal amounted to USD 144 million. Large deals, especially a spate of very large carve-out transactions, helped boost deal value in North America by 22% in 2018, and North America focused funds dominated fund-raising, with 126 funds securing USD 82 billion. Private equity funds across the world collectively raised USD 121 billion of capital in the third quarter of 2018, ending September (Q3). 10 largest private equity funds in the market, six are Asia-focused, and four are North America-focused.

Scope of the Report

This report aims to provide a detailed analysis of the global private equity market. It focuses on the market dynamics, emerging trends in the segments and regional markets, and insights on various product and application types. Also, it analyses the key players and the competitive landscape in the global private equity market.

By Investments
Large Cap
Upper Middle Market
Lower Middle Market
Real Estate
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
South America
Middle East
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle East

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Key Market Trends

Increase in Private Equity Deals Across the Globe:

Many of the larger transactions depended upon strategic partnerships. Blackstone, for example, partnered with Thomson Reuters to carve out its financial and risk business into a USD 20 billion strategic venture, owned 55% by Blackstone and its co-investors and 45% by Thomson Reuters. The Blackstone Group and Bpifrance each managed 17 buyout private equity transactions. Private equity investment in India for the first nine months of the year stood at USD 12.8 billion. The deal flow in 2019 has been good with each successive quarter being better than the preceding one. The creation of Perspecta, which combined the US public sector business of DXC Technologies with Vencore and KeyPoint Solutions, General Dynamics' acquisition of CSRA. At USD 9.7 billion, it is the large single deal of the year. Veritas’s acquisition of PwC’s public sector business to create a Guide house.

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SPAC (Special Purpose Acquisition Companies) IPO market continues to see large private equity backed sponsor groups:

Increasing volatility and uncertainty in the IPO market is driving private equity to special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs). Private equity firms are taking advantage of the boom in blank-check companies, forming their own special purpose acquisition vehicles as well as using them as exit routes. SPACs raised about USD 9.76 billion through IPOs in 2018, an increase from the USD 9.09 billion raised in 2017 and up significantly from the USD 3.38 billion and USD 2.18 billion raised in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Year-to-date through mid-February 2019, SPACs have raised about USD1.08 billion in 2019. As the number of blank-check companies being set up has increased, so too has private equity's participation with the segment. Private equity firms have set up blank-check companies. Irving Place Capital completed the sale of Universal Hospital Services, or UHS, to a blank-check company in a deal that gave the combined company an enterprise value of USD 1.74 billion. Furthermore, several private equity portfolio companies Onex Corp. and Baring Private Equity Asia's Clarivate Analytics (US) LLC, and Corsair Capital LLC's Repay Holdings LLC have agreed to merge with SPACs.

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Competitive Landscape

The report covers the major players operating in the global private equity market. In 2018, Genstar Capital was the largest private equity investor worldwide with 88 deals. It was another banner year for private equity, and the financial buyers put more of their stockpiles of dry powder to work. Despite an uncertain geopolitical and market backdrop, both the number of buyouts and total buyout value reached a new high since the post-financial crisis.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Investments

      1. 5.1.1 Large Cap

      2. 5.1.2 Upper Middle Market

      3. 5.1.3 Lower Middle Market

      4. 5.1.4 Real Estate

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.2.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Russia

        5. Spain

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.2.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. India

        2. China

        3. Japan

        4. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.2.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

      5. 5.2.5 Middle East

        1. United Arab Emirates

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Rest of Middle East


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Mergers and Acquisitions

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Advent International

      2. 6.3.2 Apollo Global Management

      3. 6.3.3 Blackstone

      4. 6.3.4 Carlyle

      5. 6.3.5 CVC Capital Partners

      6. 6.3.6 EnCap Investments

      7. 6.3.7 KKR

      8. 6.3.8 Neuberger Berman

      9. 6.3.9 TPG Capital

      10. 6.3.10 Warburg Pincus

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Private Equity Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Private Equity Market is growing at a CAGR of 11% over the next 5 years.

Asia is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2021.

Advent International, Apollo Global Management, Blackstone, Carlyle, CVC Capital Partners are the major companies operating in Private Equity Market.

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