Tech M&A Mid-Year Review – Big Spenders Return and IPOs Set Records

In this webinar, hear about the current boom in Tech M&A spending and what it may mean for the rest of 2018. Spending on tech acquisitions in the first half of this year has surged -- 70% higher than the same period last year. Despite facing sharp competition from non-tech acquirers and private equity buyers, enterprise buyers are back in the game and on pace to do more tech deals this year than any year in history. On top of that, the other exit for startups is busy, too, with the pace of enterprise technology IPOs hitting a post-recession record.

Join Brenon Daly, who leads 451 Research’s M&A practice, and Scott Denne, a senior M&A analyst, for an update on the first half of 2018 and what we expect to shape dealflow for the rest of the year. They’ll highlight trends in deal activity with insight from 451 Research analysts as well as 451 Research’s M&A KnowledgeBase, the industry’s only tech-focused M&A database, and:

  • Take a look at trends in both M&A activity and valuations.
  • Discuss implications for buyers, sellers and investors.
  • Dissect this year’s IPO boom and forecast which startups might be looking to join the parade of new offerings. 
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2018 Tech M&A Outlook

After accurately forecasting a slowdown in tech M&A last year, senior investment bankers are expecting a rebound in dealmaking in 2018. As they looked at their current pipeline for the coming year, nearly seven out of 10 respondents (69%) to the annual 451 Research Tech Banking Outlook Survey said it is fuller now than it was a year ago, on a dollar basis. The outlook for 2018 is more in line with typical forecasts than last year's survey, when a post-recession low of just half of the bankers indicated fuller pipelines.

To help you navigate this changing M&A landscape, join Brenon Daly, 451 Research’s Director of Financials, for a look ahead to activity in 2018. Drawing on data and insight from across 451 Research, our annual Tech M&A Outlook webinar will highlight specific trends in key enterprise IT markets – including information security, software, mobility and IoT -- that will shape dealflow and valuations in the coming year. Reserve your spot!


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Deal Analysis: Microsoft connects with LinkedIn with $26bn acquisition

Analysts: Scott Denne, Sheryl Kingstone

No longer able to rely on the dominance of Windows to guarantee its position in enterprise software, Microsoft makes the largest ever acquisition of an internet company with its purchase of LinkedIn – bumping Facebook's $19bn purchase of WhatsApp from the top slot. Microsoft aims to integrate LinkedIn's member identities and depth of data across its suite of productivity and business-process applications, providing it with a differentiator to sustain its market position.

The 451 Take

CEO Satya Nadella has taken strides to make Microsoft a 'mobile first, cloud first' company in his two-plus years heading the software giant. The acquisition of LinkedIn marks his most substantial move yet, and not just in terms of the price tag. Many cloud software offerings from major enterprise software companies are little more than hosted versions of legacy products. By integrating LinkedIn, Microsoft will bring potential features, functionality and benefits to its software that take advantage of the shared infrastructure and connectivity that are unique to cloud offerings, and enable Microsoft's products to benefit from LinkedIn's network effects, which will make it challenging for competitors to match.

Read the full Deal Analysis here! 
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Tech M&A Outlook for 2016

After pushing M&A spending to a 15-year high last year, a record number of tech acquirers have indicated they will be stepping out of the market in 2016. For the first time in the nine editions of the M&A Leaders’ Survey from 451 Research and Morrison & Foerster, the number of respondents forecasting an uptick in acquisition activity only slightly exceeded the number indicating they would cut back on their shopping.

Join 451 Research and Morrison & Foerster for an in-depth look at not only forecasts for M&A activity and valuations, but also the outlook for tech IPOs this year and in coming years.

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Tech M&A Outlook for 2016

Will 2016 produce more unicorns or unicorpses? Our latest M&A Leaders Survey, conducted jointly between 451 Research & Morrison Foerster, has uncovered a number of tech M&A and valuation trends.  Join us on Thursday, November 12 for insight into today‚Äôs high stakes marketplace, and learn what‚Äôs in store for 2016.



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