Total technology industry cross border M&A deals worth $74.46bn were announced in Europe Q4 2020, led by S&P Global’s $44bn acquisition, according to GlobalData’s deals database.
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The value marked an increase of 19.7% over the previous quarter and a rise of 154.7% when compared with the last four-quarter average of $29.24bn.
Europe held a 64.61% share of the global technology industry cross border M&A deal value that totalled $115.25bn in Q4 2020. With a 50.57% share and deals worth $58.28bn, the UK was the top country in Europe’s cross border M&A deal value across technology industry.
In terms of deal activity, Europe recorded 320 cross border deals during Q4 2020, marking an increase of 31.69% over the previous quarter and a rise of 31.69% over the last four-quarter average. The UK recorded 72 deals during the quarter.
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Europe technology industry cross border M&A deals in Q4 2020: Top deals
The top five technology industry cross border M&A deals accounted for 86% of the overall value during Q4 2020.
The combined value of the top five cross border M&A deals stood at $64.04bn, against the overall value of $74.46bn recorded for the quarter.
The top five technology industry cross border deals of Q4 2020 tracked by GlobalData were:
1) S&P Global’s $44bn acquisition of IHS Markit
2) The $11.69bn asset transaction with CK Hutchison Holdings by Cellnex Telecom
3) GlobalWafers’ $4.49bn acquisition of Siltronic
4) The $2.56bn acquisition of Kabel Deutschland by Vodafone Group and Vodafone Vierte Verwaltungs
5) Churchill CapitalII’s acquisition of SkillSoft for $1.3bn.