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Bain & Co Global Private Equity Report 2023

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It’s safe to say the private equity industry has never seen anything quite like what’s happened over the last 24 months. While the sharp drop-off in deal activity in late 2022 and into 2023 echoes the period following the 2008–09 global financial crisis (GFC), the situation the industry faces today is largely unprecedented. The numbers are all very GFC-like: Deal value and deal count have fallen 60% and 35%, respectively, from their peaks in 2021. Exit value is down 66%, and the number of funds closing is off by nearly 55%.

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