Technology M&A highlights: record highs in deal volume and widespread digital transformation

Julie Langley, Chris Lewis

Technology M&A highlights – 2018 Market Review

2018 has been a record year for technology M&A with deal volume reaching new highs (up 12%) and total spend increasing from $65bn to $200bn+.

Widespread digital transformation across all aspects of the enterprise and increasingly across all sectors is driving M&A activity. As buyers seek to fill product and capability gaps and to create new growth opportunities there has been a marked increase in activity from the large software acquirers who had collectively experienced a quiet 2017.

We publish a quarterly review of corporate activity and valuation metrics across five key sectors in the technology market: enterprise software, digital services, cybersecurity, marketing and eCommerce technologies, and healthtech.

2018 was also a record year for CG Results International, we advised on nine technology transactions with international buyers such as Accenture, HPE, Bomgar and F-Secure. 2019 continues in a similar vein as we have already completed two technology sector transactions.

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Despite an uncertain political climate, we predict a strong market for M&A and fundraising in the technology sector this year. Digital transformation, escalating cybersecurity threats, AI, intelligent automation and continued cloud adoption will continue to be key drivers of buyer appetite for high quality technology businesses in the sector. 

Chris Lewis and Julie Langley discuss highlights from our latest research on technology trends and metrics.

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