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Private equity investments up for fifth consecutive quarter

Private equity investments by number of companies has increased worldwide for the fifth consecutive quarter, up six per cent from Q2 2010 and the highest number of companies since Q4 2008, according to research by Thomson Reuters.

Asia is the only region which has seen a quarterly decline, down 14 per cent from Q2 2010 and at the lowest level since Q3 2009.

Activity in Europe and the Americas has both increased from Q2 2010, up 14 per cent and 7 per cent, respectively.

Three firms share the top spot for the highest number of buyout investments: Riverside Company, Goldman Sachs and the Carlyle Group rank first with investments in 17 companies each so far in 2010.

Of the top ranking firms, Riverside has the most regionally diverse investment portfolio, with investments split between the Americas (nine investments), Europe (five investments), Asia (one investment) and two investments outside of these regions.

US based Warburg Pincus ranked number four and had the highest number of investment of any firm on the list with five companies in Asia.

London-based LDC ranked in the top ten despite having only investments in Europe so far this year.

All sectors have seen a positive growth when comparing Q3 2010 to Q3 2009. Investments in business and financial services companies have seen the largest uptick in number of companies, 36 from Q309 to Q310, while communications and media had the smallest uptick with just one additional company.

Worldwide buyout investments have seen an average seven per cent growth rate in total number of companies invested for the last five quarters.

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