The Daily Pitch: M&A
November 1, 2022
The Daily Pitch is powered by PitchBook’s industry-defining research and best-in-class data
In today’s Daily Pitch, you’ll find:

  • G Squared’s Larry Aschebrook joins the “In Visible Capital” podcast to discuss venture investing as the markets turn south.

KKR poised for a ‘great private credit backdrop,’ Evercore says
(SFIO CRACHO/Shutterstock)
The private debt market is on the mend—at least for nontraditional private debt lenders, according to KKR co-CEO Joe Bae.

Investment bank Evercore’s research arm noted in a report summary that the current economic environment is a “great private credit backdrop” for KKR, driven largely by the fact that banks have become more risk-averse and have pulled back in lending. For KKR and other private credit lenders, this moment marks an opportunity to push debt at competitive rates.

read more
Share: Email LinkedIn Twitter Facebook

Four takeaways from the 2022 PitchBook university rankings
Stanford University (jejim/Shutterstock)
The PitchBook university rankings are out, providing a unique look into which colleges produce the most VC-backed entrepreneurs.

While the usual suspects like Stanford University, UC Berkeley and Harvard are among the top schools, the data also offers a chance to examine how school characteristics—such as size, location and public or private funding status—correspond to the number of alumni who become founders.

read the takeaways
Share: Email LinkedIn Twitter Facebook

Setting the course for maximum value creation

The first 100 days following an acquisition constitute the most critical period. As the focus shifts from business purchase to setting up the acquisition for long-term value creation, no time, money or resources can be wasted.

To improve the chances of meeting or exceeding expected value, collective experience has proven that the most successful value creation plan implementations focus on four key practices.

RSM’s newly released guide explores:

  1. The importance of prioritizing people
  2. The value of a transformation team
  3. Why leveling up communications is critical
  4. Tips on monitoring and measuring

Read it now

Share: Email LinkedIn Twitter Facebook

Market turmoil catches up with European VC in Q3
European venture dealmaking dipped in Q3 as market conditions become increasingly challenging. Deal value fell more than 36% quarter-over-quarter to €18.4 billion, the lowest figure since Q4 2020, although annual totals are still on pace with 2021.

Our Q3 2022 European Venture Report showcases the key trends that have shaped the continent’s VC ecosystem:

    • Nontraditional investors remain active in Europe’s startup scene.
    • Exit count shows resilience but value falls sharply compared to last year.
  • European VC fundraising activity remains healthy, with 145 closes worth €19.4 billion.
read it now
Share: Email LinkedIn Twitter Facebook

On the podcast: A new life for downside protection
Venture capital firm G Squared was founded with one idea in mind: Venture-backed companies are staying private longer. And with the IPO market now frozen over, that thesis is proving true.

In the latest episode of “In Visible Capital,” G Squared founder and managing partner Larry Aschebrook checks back in with PitchBook senior editor James Thorne to discuss why his firm is pressing pause on the secondary market as primary investors load up deals with downside protection, and what those protections look like in an uncertain market.

Aschebrook also touches on the consolidation of capital with consistent GPs, the uncertain future of the SPAC market, and how founders are coming to terms with the current fundraising environment.

Plus, PitchBook lead analyst Nalin Patel chats with host Alexander Davis about insights from the Q3 2022 European Venture Report and the 2022 UK & Ireland Private Capital Breakdown.

listen to the episode
Share: Email LinkedIn Twitter Facebook

Post-peak: DACH’s biggest PE deals of 2022
(Noppasin Wongchum/Shutterstock)
The DACH region, like the rest of Europe, has seen a slowdown in PE dealmaking this year as the post-pandemic rally fades and hard economic realities begin to bite.

So far, the bloc has seen three €1 billion-plus deals completed, led by The Carlyle Group’s acquisition of Swiss engineering software specialist AutoForm for €1.66 billion.

read more
Share: Email LinkedIn Twitter Facebook

Recommended Reads
Tighter belts and a focus on revenue may not seem like the best ingredients for cooking up technological innovation, but are they? [The Wall Street Journal]

How spores are helping biologists understand life, death and everything in between. [Wired]

Mark Zuckerberg has used his majority control to ramp up efforts to build the metaverse, despite Wall Street’s skepticism. [Financial Times]

Since yesterday, the PitchBook Platform added:
See what our data software can do
PE Deals
Blackstone to stake Emerson’s $14B HVAC business
Veritas inks $3B+ Wood Mackenzie deal
Gaw nears $540M Tokyo real estate deal
Littlejohn acquires Lipari Foods
Trivest’s Unosquare adds on Catalyst UX

Blackstone to stake Emerson’s $14B HVAC business
Blackstone has agreed to acquire a 55% stake in Emerson‘s climate control and HVAC business, known as Climate Technologies. Emerson will collect roughly $9.5 billion in cash as well as a $2.25 billion note when the deal closes. Blackstone will pay the cash portion with $5.5 billion in fully committed debt and $4.4 billion in equity. Additional investors include the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and GIC.
View details
View 7 competitors »

Veritas inks $3B+ Wood Mackenzie deal
Veritas Capital has agreed to purchase Wood Mackenzie, the energy- and natural resources-focused subsidiary of data analytics provider Verisk, for $3.1 billion in cash and up to an additional $200 million down the line. Verisk acquired the Scottish company from Hellman & Friedman for about $2.8 billion in 2015.
View details
View 10 competitors »

Gaw nears $540M Tokyo real estate deal
Hong Kong-based real estate PE firm Gaw Capital Partners is in advanced talks to acquire seven Tokyo-area warehouses from Blackstone for about $540 million, Bloomberg reported. Gaw typically invests in the US, Europe, China and Hong Kong but has said it will invest up to $4 billion in Japan through mid-2024, according to the report.
View details
View 48 investments »

Littlejohn acquires Lipari Foods
Littlejohn & Co. has acquired a majority stake in Lipari Foods, which distributes food to more than 7,500 specialty grocery stores. Previous majority owner HIG Capital has retained a minority stake in the company.
View deal
View 28 competitors »

Trivest’s Unosquare adds on Catalyst UX
Trivest Partners-backed SaaS company Unosquare has acquired Silicon Valley-based Catalyst UX, which designs software for companies in the fintech, medical and life sciences verticals.
View deal
View 1 competitors »
“Exit value has steadily declined QoQ as we have progressed through 2022, with €48.0 billion logged in Q3. The decline in exit activity has coincided with worsening wider financial market sentiment, as fears of market-correcting recessions have surfaced. Despite the looming economic downturn, exit activity has been in line with pre-2021 figures.”

Source: PitchBook’s Q3 2022 European PE Breakdown


Comments are closed.

Create a website or blog at

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: