Europe’s technology industry saw a drop of 3.8% in overall deal activity during Q2 2020, when compared to the four-quarter average, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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A total of 1103 deals worth $43.64bn were announced for the region during Q2 2020, against the last four-quarter average of 1146 deals.

Of all the deal types, venture financing saw most activity in Q2 2020 with 629, representing a 57.03% share for the region.

In second place was M&A with 361 deals, followed by private equity deals with 113 transactions, respectively capturing a 32.7% and 10.2% share of the overall deal activity for the quarter.

In terms of value of deals, M&A was the leading category in Europe’s technology industry with $28.52bn, while private equity and venture financing deals totalled $11.59bn and $3.52bn, respectively.

Europe technology industry deals in Q2 2020: Top deals

The top five technology deals accounted for 67.9% of the overall value during Q2 2020.

The combined value of the top five technology deals stood at $29.65bn, against the overall value of $43.64bn recorded for the quarter.

The top five technology industry deals of Q2 2020 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) The merger of O2 Holding and Virgin Media for $18.82bn

2) The $5.55bn private equity deal with Masmovil Ibercom by Cinven Capital Management, KKR &Inc, Lorca Telecom Bidco, S.A.U and Providence Equity Partners

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3) Zynga’s $1.85bn acquisition of Peak Oyun Yazilim ve Pazarlama

4) The $1.72bn private equity deal with Infrastrutture Wireless Italiane by Ardian Holding and Canson Capital Partners

5) Telxius Telecom’s asset transaction with Telefonica Deutschland for $1.7bn.

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.


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