Tech M&A activity continues to accelerate


Tech M&A activity continues to accelerate

Simon Quicke

The recovery in the M&A tech markets continues to accelerate with the number of deals up by 20% month-on-month in March.

The latest survey of the market from Regent Partners has indicated that both trade deals and private equity transactions are up with 260 acquisitions across Europe last month.

The combined value of the deals was $57bn helped with AT&T buying T-Mobile for $39bn with also busy picking up Radian6 for $356m and as a result of securing  £50m deal with investor Lyceum Capital accounting vendor Access technology Group is also likely to expand.

"Valuation multiples have also increased, fuelled by the strong buyer demand," stated Regent.

The first quarter of 2011 has seen M&A activity drive to the highest point in a year in terms of the volume of deals and the valuation of those transactions has also hit a five month high.

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