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2018 Tech M&A Outlook: Introduction

Just as the tech industry itself has been marked by transitions from one era to the next, the tech M&A market underwent a similar generational shift in 2017. Dealmaking got disrupted last year. Major tech companies that had set the tone in the market for years found their influence waning. Other acquirers from either outside the tech sector or outside the US aren't picking up the slack. Against those declines, a new buyer of record emerged from the fringes at a record pace: private equity.