January 03, 2013
Weil maintained its #1 ranking in Bloomberg’s Global Private Equity ranking based on the volume of deals announced in 2012. After achieving the top ranking in the first half of 2012 and maintaining that ranking through the third quarter, Weil secured the #1 spot for 2012 with 16.3 percent market share and $67 billion in deal volume. In addition to the overall global ranking, Weil also took home the #1 ranking in Asia with 23.1 percent of the market and was ranked #2 in the US and Europe, with 18 percent and 16.7 percent of the market, respectively.
Weil actively represents more than 200 sponsor clients globally, and the firm’s success in 2012 includes advising on a diverse array of deals, many of which have been the highest-profile and most innovative announced this year. These deals include: AXA Private Equity’s €1 billion plus leveraged buyout of Fives Industries from UK-based Charterhouse Capital Partners; Lion Capital Partners LLP's sale of a majority stake in The Weetabix Food Company to China-based Bright Food (Group) Co. Ltd.; Advent International’s acquisition of a majority stake in the parent of Serta and Simmons bedding; Getty Images’ $3.3 billion sale to The Carlyle Group (Getty Images is a portfolio company of Hellman & Friedman); Baring Private Equity Asia’s acquisition of a stake in Kyobo Life Insurance (as part of Daewoo's $1.1 billion sale of its Kyobo shares); Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan’s acquisition of a majority stake in Heartland Dental Care (through its private equity group, Teachers' Private Capital); Thomas H. Lee Partners’ $2.69 billion acquisition of Party City; Providence Equity Partners and an investor group’s C$1.1 billion acquisition of Q9 Networks; Centerbridge Partners’ $1.1 billion take-private of P.F. Chang’s China Bistro; and AMC and its controlling private equity shareholders’ (Apollo Global Management, Bain Capital, Carlyle Group, CCMP Capital Advisors and Spectrum Equity Investors) $2.6 billion sale to Dalian Wanda Group.