Analysis of the key themes driving private equity deal activity reveals that orphan designated drugs accounted for 3 pharmaceutical deals announced in Q1 2024, worth a total value of $500m. The $500m investment by Blue Owl Capital and CPPIB Credit Investments in BridgeBio Pharma was the industry’s largest disclosed deal. A thorough analysis of the disruptive themes and the Private Equity deal activity are included in GlobalData’s Pharmaceuticals Industry Mergers and Acquisitions Deals by Top Themes report. Buy the report here.

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In value terms, orphan designated drugs-related deal activity increased by 14% in Q1 2024 compared with the previous quarter’s total of $440.1m and rose by 236% as compared to Q1 2023. Related deal volume decreased by 50% in Q1 2024 versus the previous quarter and was 40% lower than in Q1 2023.

The top-ranked legal advisors supporting these private equity deals in Q1 2024 were Cooley; Kirkland & Ellis; Latham & Watkins with 1, 1, 1 deals respectively.

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This content was updated on 23 April 2024

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GlobalData’s Deals Database tracks global deal activity, including mergers, acquisitions, capital raising, strategic alliances, and licensing agreements. Proprietary analysis is used to group deals into key thematic areas and granular sectors across the world’s largest industries.

This analysis considers only announced and completed deals from the GlobalData financial deals database and excludes all terminated and rumoured deals. Deal type includes Buyouts and Direct Investments done by Private Equity firms.