Despite the recent flurry of large transactions in which a consortium of private equity firms have teamed up to make joint bids and acquisitions, “club deals” themselves are not breaking news. In fact, they have been a staple of small- and middle-sized private equity M&A transactions for years. Recently, however, there has been a growing trend toward large club deals with enterprise values over $1 billion.1 Due to their size, complexity and, often, international dimension, these transactions have generated considerable attention in the business press and have prompted much discussion among private equity professionals and the limited partners whose money they manage.
Beny, Laura N. "Questions to Ask Before You Join a Club." P. S. Bird et al., co-authors. Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report 3, no. 2 (2003): 1,14-6.