Silver Lake's $2 billion deal to buy control of Skype from eBay is an example of private-equity investors responding to tight credit markets with smaller, scaled-back deals, according to this article. The buyout business is focusing on acquiring units of bigger corporations and giving a second look at smaller companies skipped when credit was almost limitless for financing huge transactions, said Paul Schaye, managing director of Chestnut Hill Partners. "You're seeing private equity go back to its roots with carve-outs," he said.

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