European tech M&A predicted as investment levels soar

Europe’s flourishing tech ecosystem is expected to see increased levels of investment and M&A activity in 2018, with a number of one billion euro plus deals recently announced or currently in the pipeline, and investment levels on the rise, says global telecom, media and tech news provider, TMT Finance.  

“Funding has historically lagged innovation in European tech, but this is now starting to change. Global investors such as SoftBank, Google or Tencent, plus a growing number of European and American private equity firms and venture capital funds are showing increasing interest in the sector, reflected by the number of deals in the market right now and the emergence of multiple European tech giants,” said Ben Nice, Managing Editor, TMT Finance.

“This is reflected in the deal flow out there at the moment. We are reporting on situations including Advent’s planned sale of Dutch software business Unit4, worth up to several billion euros; Swiss financial services company SIX Group which is also for sale and worth around US$2bn; Dutch enterprise software group Exact, worth around E1.5bn, plus potential asset sales involving IRIS Software and some of Capita’s non-core assets,” Nice added. 

Key companies and investment firms active in European tech will join over 200 delegates to discuss growth and M&A strategies in London on May 23 at the annual Tech M&A Forum 2018, which brings together leading tech CEOs, CFOs, CSOs and heads of finance and strategy, private equity firms, investors, banks and advisers

Companies confirmed as speakers at the event include CxOs and senior leaders from SAP, Blippar, Atos, Avast, Logicalis, Gemalto, Cinven, Bain Capital, UBS, Raymond James, Brandwatch, Moneycorp, Finastra, Rovio, MMC Ventures, Marlin Private Equity and Societe Generale and over 50 more.  

Over 200 people will attend Tech M&A Forum 2018, which include a series of networking opportunities, visionary keynote speeches, leadership panels, and private breakout sessions. The event is part of the two day TMT M&A Forum 2018, taking place on May 22-23. 

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