Total technology industry big data M&A deals worth $49.5bn were announced globally in May 2021, led by Discovery’s $43bn acquisition of Warner Media, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 567.3% over the previous month of $7.41bn and a rise of 307% when compared with the last 12-month average, which stood at $12.15bn.

Comparing big data M&A deals value in different regions of the globe, North America held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $49bn. At the country level, the US topped the list in terms of deal value at $49bn.

In terms of volumes, North America emerged as the top region for technology industry big data M&A deals globally, followed by Europe and then Asia-Pacific.

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The top country in terms of big data M&A deals activity in May 2021 was the US with 25 deals, followed by the UK with six and China with three.

In 2021, as of May, technology big data M&A deals worth $79.27bn were announced globally, marking an increase of 357.5% year on year.

technology industry big data M&A deals in May 2021: Top deals

The top five big data M&A deals accounted for 99.5% of the overall value during May 2021.

The combined value of the top five technology big data M&A deals stood at $49.22bn, against the overall value of $49.5bn recorded for the month.

The top five technology industry big data M&A deals of May 2021 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) Discovery’s $43bn acquisition of Warner Media

2) The $5.3bn acquisition of ProQuest by Clarivate

3) Switch’s $420m acquisition of Data Foundry

4) The $300m acquisition of Prospera Technologies by Valmont Industries

5) Genius Sports Group’s acquisition of Second Spectrum for $200m.