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Market Spotlight: Tech M&A

Last year, M&A in the technology sector came very close to the record-breaking highs of 2015. Companies looking to acquire new technologies helped to create a blockbuster third quarter, which amounted to 550 deals worth US$146.6bn. Top tech deals of 2016 included Qualcomm’s US$47bn acquisition of NXP semiconductors; SoftBank’s US$31.6bn acquisition of ARM Holdings; and Microsoft’s US$26bn acquisition of LinkedIn. After a solid year of M&A activity within the technology sector, dealmakers agree that the market is set to reach even higher levels in 2017.

In order to gain an understanding of the opportunities and challenges within the technology sector for the year ahead, Donnelley Financial Solutions commissioned Mergermarket to interview 25 global dealmakers from across the corporate, private equity, and investment banking communities for their views.

Key findings of this report include: 

  • One-fifth (20%) of respondents believed tech dealmaking will increase significantly, while 64% said it will increase somewhat. 
  • Most respondents believe the United States will retain its traditional position as the center of technology dealmaking, with 52% saying it will see the largest increase in tech M&A. 
  • Twenty percent of respondents think artificial intelligence (AI) targets will draw the most attention from corporates, while nearly one-third of respondents (32%) believe that fintech will be the top tech segment for deals.

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