December 22, 2005
The Private Equity Era
Posted by Gordon Smith

Today was filled with preparations for Christmas, so I am a bit late to blogging. In looking at the current headlines in the W$J, I am struck by the number of private equity deals in the works. Albertson's, a piece of Texas Instruments, and Tommy Hilfiger all appear above the fold, so to speak. The most recent issue of BusinessWeek noted:

Nine of the top 10 biggest-ever private equity deals were announced in 2005, according to deal tracker Dealogic. (The largest is still the $25 billion buyout of RJR Nabisco in 1988.)

It looks like 2006 is shaping up to be the year of private equity.

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1. Posted by Michael Guttentag on December 23, 2005 @ 11:15 | Permalink

It is interesting to note that over 10% of the students graduating from Harvard Business School this year were reported to have taken jobs at venture capital/private equity/LBO firms. This is the largest percentage of the class to ever enter this field. Historically, graduating HBS students entering an industry is very bearish signal for the future of that industry ;-)

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