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U.S. Buyout Mega Deals Signal More on the Way Before Reset

  • Seven U.S. private-equity deals of more than $3 billion in 3Q
  • Buyout firms `aggressively looking' for investments: Banker
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A near-record third quarter for U.S. private-equity deals may have set the scene for a bumper end to 2015. Don’t be surprised if the grand finale is also on its way.

Seven deals of more than $3 billion involving a U.S.-based private-equity acquirer were announced in the third quarter, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, including two large technology deals -- Carlyle Group’s $8 billion acquisition of Symantec Corp.’s Veritas, and Vista Equity Partners’s $5.2 billion takeover of Solera Holdings Inc. That’s the most in any quarter since 2007.