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M&A Trends in the Technology Sector – Why has it Reached New Highs?

A newly released report from Mergermarket concerning M&A trends in the first half of 2019 has shown that M&A in the technology sector has reached new highs. So far, 1,307 deals have been recorded in the technology sector this year, equating to 15.9% of deal activity by volume in 1H 2019, its highest half-yearly share on Mergermarket record.

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In fact, in recent years tech M&A has reached record levels but what are the reasons for the industry’s popularity?

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Q1 2019 – Global Private Equity Deal Values Rise

Private equity has remained robust in the first quarter of 2019, with deal values in the first three months of 2019 showing a quarter-on-quarter rise of 3.6% to US $202.2bn.

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On the flip side, buyout activity did drop marginally; however, take-private transactions conducted by private equity firms reached their highest Q1 value since 2013 – this was driven by the top two buyouts of the year so far – both made by US-based Hellman and Friedman. The private equity firm bought US software developer Ultimate Software Group for US $11.8bn (the fifth largest private equity buyout in the TMT sector on Mergermarket record), as well as making an offer of US $6.4bn for German real estate and automotive digital marketplace, Scout 24.

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Benchmark International’s Nick Hulme Named as One of the UK’s Most Active Financial Advisers

The latest league table for H1 2018 by Mergermarket, part of Acuris, has named Benchmark International’s Nick Hulme as one of the top financial advisers in the UK, placing joint third and advising on six deals.

The review looked at the most prolific advisers in the UK by the number of deals conducted over USD 5m, with Benchmark International placing above firms such as Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs.

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