Total technology industry cross border M&A deals worth $47.7bn were announced globally in Q4 2021, led by ViaSat’s $7.3bn acquisition of Inmarsat Group Holdings, according to GlobalData’s deals database.


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The value marked an increase of 1.2% over the previous quarter of $47.15bn and a drop of 18.4% when compared with the last four-quarter average, which stood at $58.46bn.

Comparing cross border M&A deals value in different regions of the globe, Europe held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $18.6bn. At the country level, the UK topped the list in terms of deal value at $16.34bn.

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

The top country in terms of cross border M&A deals activity in Q4 2021 was the US with 164 deals, followed by the UK with 99 and Germany with 46.

In 2021, at the end of , cross border M&A deals worth $197.35bn were announced globally in technology industry, marking a decrease of 2.3% year on year.

Cross Border M&A deals in technology industry in Q4 2021: Top deals

The top five cross border M&A deals in technology industry accounted for 48.6% of the overall value during Q4 2021.

The combined value of the top deals stood at $23.19bn, against the overall value of $47.7bn recorded for the quarter.

The top five technology industry cross border technology deals of Q4 2021 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) ViaSat $7.3bn acquisition deal with Inmarsat Group Holdings

2) The $6.2bn acquisition of Vonage by Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson

3) Aristocrat Leisure $3.71bn acquisition deal with Playtech

4) The $3.15bn acquisition of Vodafone Egypt Telecommunications by Vodacom Group

5) Dye & Durham $2.83bn acquisition deal with Link Administration Holdings