Private equity deal values increased 60% to a total of $43.3 billion invested in 411 buyouts in the second quarter, up from $27.1 billion in 356 buyouts in the first quarter, according to a Preqin study.
The value of buyouts in North America more than doubled to $26.7 billion, from $12.8 billion in the first quarter.
European buyouts rose to $11 billion in the second quarter from $10.3 billion, while the value of deals in Asia and the rest of the world increased to $5.6 billion from $4 billion.
Fifty-four percent of the total value of private equity deals worldwide in the second quarter was in leveraged buyouts. Secondary buyouts skyrocketed with $18.5 billion in global deals so far this year, more than three times the $6 billion in all of last year.