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Global private equity deals drop in Q1

Private equity deals globally fell in both volume and value in March and in Q1 of this year, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. In March, the total deal value slipped 37.1% YoY to USD63.4bn, with 885 deals recorded, down 48.9% YoY. The US and Canada posted the highest deal values, at USD41.1bn across 274 transactions. The Asia-Pacific region witnessed the second-highest deal values in March, with USD15.2bn spread across 264 transactions. Technology, media and telecommunications was the top sector, with nearly USD33bn in total transaction value. Industrial private equity deals saw a decline in total deal value, reaching USD11.2bn in March, down from USD23.8bn last year. Financial companies secured USD7.5bn last month, down from USD17.3bn. Q1 2023 transaction value totalled USD122.8bn, nearly half that of the USD238.9bn recorded in Q1 2022, with the number of deals falling to 2,873 from 5,017 transactions seen in the same period last year.

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