As should come as no surprise California leads the charge in private equity deals over 2013 according to a report in PitchBook. California saw 272 PE deals through 2013 and has in fact led over the past 6 of the 7 years. The state of Washington had 48 with Oregon in third at 23.
As far as regions go for all PE deals in the United States for 2013.
- South – 17.4% with 352 deals
- West Coast – 17.2% with 348 deals
- Mid-Atlantic – just under 20% with 402 deals
- Great Lakes – 14.6%
- Mountain – 7.7%
- New England – 7.3%
As clarified in the PitchBook posting, mega-buyouts like Heinz in the Mid Atlantic and Dell in the South skewed the data to some degree.