Global technology merger-and-acquisition deals amounted to $634.1 billion in 2020, an increase of 91.8% year-on-year. Can 2021 match that for blockbuster activity?
By Scott Carey
Amid the coronavirus, 2020 was unpredictable in more ways than anyone would have expected. But one thing that stayed fairly constant was the steady flow of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) across the tech sector.
Global tech M&A deals last year totalled $634 billion, a 91.8% year-over-year increase, according to GlobalData. Among a late flurry of big deals was the $35 billion acquisition of Xilinx by Advanced Micro Devices and Salesforce's $27.7 billion acquisition of Slack.
By Rusty Wiley, CEO of Datasite
Between an international pandemic, statewide lockdowns, a globally watched U.S. presidential election, and massive economic uncertainty, 2020 has been a year unlike anything we've ever seen. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused tremendous personal hardship, while its second wave and continued spread continues to impact every facet of life and business - including the mergers and acquisitions market.
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