Tech M&A activity bounces back after poor start to Q4

Simon Quicke

The tech mergers and acquisition market across Europe stabilised last month bouncing back after a drop in deals over the autumn.

According to the latest research from Regent the end of the year saw the level of M&A activity in terms of deal numbers get back to September levels after a drop in October and November that saw a 20% decline.

The level of value stabilised at just above the $10bn level with the margins being made also levelling out.

What kept the wheels of commerce moving last month were deals between Apax Partners buying Orange Switzerland and Apple buying flash storage player Anobit.

There were some deals listed in the UK with bids being made for companies indicating that the appetite for acquisitions remains strong going forward into January.

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