Led by $10bn merger of ironSource and Thoma Bravo Advantage, Middle East and Africa’s technology industry saw a rise of 38.67% in big data deal activity during Q1 2021, when compared to the last four-quarter average, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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A total of 26 big data deals worth $10.35bn were announced for the region during Q1 2021, against the last four-quarter average of 18.75 deals.

Of all the deal types, venture financing saw most activity in Q1 2021 with 19 deals, representing a 73.1% share for the region.

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In second place was M&A with five deals, followed by private equity deals with two transactions, respectively capturing a 19.2% and 7.7% share of the overall big data deal activity for the quarter.

In terms of value of big data deals, M&A was the leading category in Middle East and Africa’s technology industry with $10.03bn, while venture financing and private equity deals totalled $187.88m and $137.57m, respectively.

Middle East and Africa technology industry big data deals in Q1 2021: Top deals

The top five technology big data deals accounted for a 99.2% share of the overall value during Q1 2021.

The combined value of the top five big data deals stood at $10.27bn, against the overall value of $10.35bn recorded for the quarter.

The top five technology industry big data deals of Q1 2021 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) The $10bn merger of ironSource and Thoma Bravo Advantage

2) The $137.57m private equity deal for 62.5% stake in E&M Computing by FIMI Opportunity Funds

3) Insight Partners, Israel Growth Partners, Jerusalem Venture Partners and Vintage Investment Partners’ $75m venture financing of Earnix

4) The $30m venture financing deal with Granulate Cloud Solutions by Dawn Capital, Hetz Ventures Management, Insight Partners, Red Dot Capital Partners and TLV Partners

5) Digital Turbine’s acquisition of Triapodi for $28.5m.