The good news for private equity firms is that deals are coming back as financing is easier to obtain. A statistical report this week by Thomson Reuters highlighted that. That snapshot mentioned the $3 billion buyout TPG and Leonard Green & Partners plan for the J. Crew clothing chain, but came before KKR struck a $5.3 billion agreement to buy Del Monte.

Not so lucky was Blackstone, whose $4.7 billion deal for the energy firm Dynegy fell apart in the face of resistance from shareholders, including activist investor Carl Icahn.