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US PE firms complete almost 4,000 deals, with a cumulative value of $400bn during H1 2022

Friday, September 16, 2022

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

In the first half of 2022, US PE firms completed approximately 4,000 deals, with a cumulative value of just over $400 billion, said a study.

According to the 2022 North American Private Equity Investment Professional Compensation Survey by Heidrick & Struggles, the past 12 months have continued to be extremely active.

As of the end of Q2 2022, US PE firms have raised $176 billion across 191 funds in what is possibly the most crowded fundraising market in history. This is only slightly off the $179.6 billion raised at this time last year.

2022 is shaping up to be materially busier than last year, which, in and of itself, was a record year, said the survey.

Private equity managers are hiring more junior-level investment professionals and rewarding them with greater base pay and bonuses, as their need for more people to execute deals increases, the report pointed out.

"The market has been particularly active at the more junior levels, where firms have needed more people to execute, and the time to hire has shrunk markedly, from months to weeks. At more senior levels, hiring is also active, mostly to drive expansion into new sectors or strategies. Diverse candidates have been particularly sought after at all levels," it said.

Given the competition for junior investment professionals, cash compensation for them has risen notably. For example, at firms with $4 billion to $5.99 billion in AUM (the largest for which we have c......................

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