Private Equity Using New Technologies, Tactics to Deliver Investor Returns Despite Decrease in Global Dealmaking

PE M&A Professionals Expect Due Diligence to Speed Up in Next Five Years

Despite a decrease in global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) year to date, private equity (PE) professionals, especially in North America, are leaning into new tactics and technologies, including the use of artificial intelligence, to deliver investor returns. This is according to findings from the Invest in Insight: Private Equity Market Brief report from Datasite®, a leading cloud-based technology provider for the M&A industry, and PitchBook, a financial data and software company.

The report, which is based on market data and a survey of over 500 global PE professionals, shows that PE professionals are actively investing by using new tactics, such as providing credit lines, engaging in private investments in public equities (PIPEs) and contributing to special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) to capitalize on opportunities to buy publicly listed companies. Additionally, the report highlights the potential for emerging

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TikTok talks show how Trump’s deal-making style can cause collateral damage

  • President Trump initially said only a full sale of TikTok’s U.S. operations would prevent a ban of the application, but he settled on a lesser deal that involved minority stake sales to Oracle and Walmart.
  • If Trump had said in July that he would be willing to accept a more limited deal, Microsoft may have won the deal and TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer may still be running the company.



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: U.S. President Donald Trump faces reporters as he departs for campaign travel to Ohio from the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, September 21, 2020.


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U.S. President Donald Trump faces reporters as he departs for campaign travel to Ohio from the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, September 21, 2020.

Maybe the simplest way to think about what’s happening with TikTok is collateral damage.

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The Trump administration has used technology companies as a battleground for geopolitical warfare with China. It blocked Broadcom’s attempt at buying Qualcomm in 2018 over arrangements with “third party foreign entities.” It banned U.S.

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