European Technology M&A Maintains Robust Pace

Friday, June 9, 2017

Despite rising levels of geopolitical uncertainty, European technology M&A activity continued at a robust pace in 2016. For the year, €175 billion of transactions involving European technology targets or acquirers were completed, slightly exceeding 2015’s heightened levels. Equity markets and the underlying economies in Europe and North America continue to perform well into 2017, even amid growing questions about the Trump administration’s ability to pass comprehensive tax reform and the future of the European Union.

We examine the trends that are shaping M&A activity in European technology, including the ongoing interest from financial sponsors and the rising influence of “out-of-segment” buyers. We also discuss the outlook for M&A activity for the remainder of 2017.

Highlights include:

  • Continued strong interest from financial sponsors
  • Out-of-segment buyers become major factors in broad processes
  • 2017 M&A outlook
  • Technology public equity activity remains focused on U.S. markets


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