PE Activity Dips Despite Ample Dry Powder

M&A deal count by private equity firms dipped slightly in the first quarter despite ample dry powder. Looking ahead, GPs and lenders remain cautious.

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Private Equity Financial Advisers Power Rankings

Deals announced between January 2019 and December 2019 ranked by number of deals, then by aggregate transaction value in the event of a tie.

Jefferies LLC

Barclays

Houlihan Lokey Inc.

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Evercore Inc.

Rothschild & Co

Lincoln International LLC

Morgan Stanley

Raymond James & Associates Inc.

Credit Suisse Group

Piper Jaffray & Co.

Citigroup Inc.

Harris Williams & Co.

Robert W. Baird & Co.

UBS Group AG

Lazard Ltd.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Moelis & Co. LLC

William Blair & Co.

Stifel, Nicolaus & Co.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Macquarie Capital

RBC Capital Markets

GCA Corp.

BMO Capital Markets Corp.

Shea & Co. LLC

Canaccord Genuity Group Inc.

Cascadia Capital LLC

DC Advisory

Deutsche Bank AG

Daiwa Securities Group Inc.

Natixis SA

Berkery, Noyes & Co.

Duff & Phelps Corp.

PJT Partners Inc.

Perella Weinberg Partners LP

Sandler O’Neill & Partners LP

Guggenheim Partners LLC

Cowen Inc.

SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Inc.

America’s Growth Capital LLC

Brown Gibbons Lang & Co.

Cain Brothers & Co. LLC

Clearwater International Ltd.

Wells Fargo Securities LLC

CIBC World Markets

Liberum Capital Ltd.

BB&T Capital Markets

Sawaya Partners LLC

Alvarez & Marsal LLC

Goetzpartners Corporate Finance GmbH

Grant Thornton LLP

TD Securities Inc.

Nomura Securities Co. Ltd.

Financial Technology Partners LP

Arma Partners LLP

Oakley Advisory Ltd.

Oppenheimer & Co.

Arcano Partners

Banco Santander SA

Bank Street Group LLC

BCMS Corporate Ltd.

BlackArch Partners LP

Cambon Partners

Citizens Capital Markets Inc.

Credicorp Capital

Croft & Bender LP

Eight Advisory

Financo LLC

GulfStar Group Inc.

JMP Securities LLC

Jordan Edmiston Group Inc.

KAL Capital Markets LLC

KeyBanc Capital Markets

McLean Group

Mesirow Financial Holdings Inc.

MVP Capital LLC

Needham & Co. LLC

Nexus Health Capital LLC

North Point Advisors LLC

Parks Paton Hoepfl & Brown

Republic Partners Inc.

Results International Group LLP

Sett & Lucas Inc.

Stephens Inc.

Waller Helms Advisors LLC

Qatalyst Partners

WongPartnership LLP

BNP Paribas SA

HSBC Holdings plc

M. Klein & Co.

Cantor Fitzgerald & Co.

CLSA Ltd.

Ambit Holdings Pvt. Ltd.

Blair Franklin Capital Partners Inc.

Goodbody Stockbrokers UC

ABN Amro Bank NV

DBS Bank Ltd.

Spurrier Capital Partners LLC

Roth Capital Partners LLC