Total technology industry cross border M&A deals worth $4bn were announced in Europe in April 2021, led by SoftBank Group’s $2.8bn acquisition of AutoStore, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 67.4% over the previous month of $12.26bn and a drop of 75.8% when compared with the last 12-month average of $16.5bn.

Europe held a 21.13% share of the global technology industry cross border M&A deal value that totalled $18.93bn in April 2021. With a 14.79% share and deals worth $2.8bn, Norway was the top country in Europe’s cross border M&A deal value across technology industry.

In terms of cross border M&A deal activity, Europe recorded 103 deals during April 2021, marking a decrease of 24.26% over the previous month and a rise of 6.19% over the 12-month average. The UK recorded 33 deals during the month.

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Europe technology industry cross border M&A deals in April 2021: Top deals

The top five technology industry cross border M&A deals accounted for 96.1% of the overall value during April 2021.

The combined value of the top five technology cross border deals stood at $3.85bn, against the overall value of $4bn recorded for the month.

The top five technology industry cross border M&A deals of April 2021 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) SoftBank Group’s $2.8bn acquisition of 40% stake in AutoStore

2) The $730.72m acquisition of 25% stake in Hensoldt by Leonardo

3) UnifiedPost’s $134.41m acquisition of crossinx

4) The $120m asset transaction with Minds + Machines Group by GoDaddy Registry

5) Keywords Studios’ acquisition of Climax Studios for $59.89m.