GF Data Resources pool of 150 active PE firms completed approximately 20 deals in the first quarter of 2010 and 30 deals in the second quarter–“up a bit from the ‘death valley days’ of ’09, but still well off of the 40-plus deals a quarter being closed in 2006-2007,” reports CEO Andy Greenberg. “Many deal professionals point to a still-uneven recovery and expect (a) reported third quarter deal volume to be tepid; (b) a spike in 4Q as sellers rush to complete deals in the current tax environment; and then (c) a drop off in early 2011 as that bulge passes and business owners remain confronted with uncertain economic and market conditions,” Greenberg adds.
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