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2014 may have been the best year for those seeking private equity, with 565 deals worth $11 billion being signed

As 2014 comes to a close, we have seen PE deals galore amidst the optimism across industries in anticipation of a new government and policies. With a total of 565 deals valued at US$ 11 billion, the PE sector has definitely seen the better side of it all. While historically the PE segment has not done well, the past year has seen PE deals being the most favoured deals with firms across the country, constituting nearly 51% of a total of 1,116 deals signed in terms of volume. This is as opposed to the 401 and 452 PE deals signed in 2012 and 2013 respectively. This shows a 25% jump in terms of volume. In terms of value as well, we saw an 11% jump as compared to 2013. The value of deals remained almost the same both in the first and second half of the past year at nearly US$5.3 billion and US$5.9 billion respectively. Within the IT sector, e-commerce giants such as Snapdeal and Flipkart saw large amounts of cash being thrown in their direction. Of these deals, the IT and ITeS sector went to the bank with the heaviest bags with US$4.4 billion. They were followed by the banking and financial sector, infra, real estate and retail. These top five sectors contributed to 77% of the value of PE deals for the year.

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