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:
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