Total technology industry M&A deals worth $5.8bn 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 55.3% over the previous month of $12.9bn and a drop of 70.5% when compared with the last 12-month average of $19.53bn.

Europe held an 8.44% share of the global technology industry M&A deal value that totalled $68.35bn in April 2021. With a 4.26% share and deals worth $2.91bn, Norway was the top country in Europe’s M&A deal value across technology industry.

In terms of M&A deal activity, Europe recorded 189 deals during April 2021, marking a decrease of 20.92% over the previous month and a drop of 2.58% over the 12-month average. The UK recorded 64 deals during the month.

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

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By GlobalData

The top five technology industry M&A deals accounted for 88.9% of the overall value during April 2021.

The combined value of the top five technology deals stood at $5.13bn, against the overall value of $5.8bn recorded for the month.

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

1) SoftBank Group $2.8bn acquisition deal with AutoStore

2) The $1.3bn merger of Rotor Acquisition and Sarcos by

3) Leonardo $730.72m acquisition deal with Hensoldt

4) The $167.02m acquisition of Proactis by Cafe Bidco

5) UnifiedPost $134.41m acquisition deal with crossinx