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5 record-breaking buyouts

The credit crunch ended the buyout boom last year, but not before the two biggest deals on record were struck. A look at the largest private-equity deals in history.

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BCE*

Acquirers:
Providence, Madison Dearborn

Year announced: 2007
Value: $51.5 billion**

Canada's biggest telephone company plans to go private rather than sell to competitors.

*Not yet closed.
**Value includes assumed debt.

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