Features The incredible shrinking big buyout industry Europe’s homegrown mega buyout houses flourished in the boom years, but their funds, deals and reputations have since withered on the vine. Real Deals examines what the future holds for these fallen giants. 15 December 2009 by Real Deals. Permalink. Subscription required To continue, sign in or subscribe. Forgotten your user details? Call +44 (0)20 7045 7615, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us. You can also register for our free daily news alert.