Europe’s technology industry saw a rise of 23.5% in deal activity during May 2019, when compared with the last 12-month average, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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A total of 379 technology industry deals worth $7.58bn were announced for the region in May 2019, against the 12-month average of 307 deals.

Of all the deal types, venture financing saw most activity in May 2019 with 194 transactions, representing a 51.2% share for the region.

In second place was M&A with 146 deals, followed by private equity deals with 39 transactions, respectively capturing a 38.5% and 10.3% share of the overall deal activity for the month.

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In terms of value of deals, M&A was the leading category in Europe’s technology industry with $6.29bn, while private equity and venture financing deals totalled $664.53m and $623.78m, respectively.

Europe technology industry deals in May 2019: Top deals

The top five technology deals accounted for 71.2% of the overall value during May 2019.

The combined value of the top five technology deals stood at $5.39bn, against the overall value of $7.58bn recorded for the month. The top announced technology deal tracked by GlobalData in May 2019 was Ion Investment Group’s $1.76bn acquisition of Acuris Group.

In second place was the $1.57bn acquisition of Iliad TowerCo by Cellnex Telecom and in third place was Cellnex Telecom’s $783.55m acquisition of Salt TowerCo.

The $671.62m acquisition of Iliad Italia TowerCo by Cellnex Telecom and Asterion Industrial Infra Fund I’s private equity deal with Telefonica for $615.65m held fourth and fifth positions, respectively.

Verdict deals analysis methodology

This analysis considers only announced and completed deals from the GlobalData financial deals database and excludes all terminated and rumoured deals. Country and industry are defined according to the headquarters and dominant industry of the target firm. The term ‘acquisition’ refers to both completed deals and those in the bidding stage.

GlobalData tracks real-time data concerning all merger and acquisition, private equity/venture capital and asset transaction activity around the world from thousands of company websites and other reliable sources.

More in-depth reports and analysis on all reported deals are available for subscribers to GlobalData’s deals database.