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  • A sweetened bid to sour a deal

    Just two weeks after Broadcom put forward its 'best and final' bid for Qualcomm, the smaller chipmaker has effectively made its 'best and final' effort to escape Broadcom's unsolicited offer. After months of saying it wouldn't increase its original 2016 bid for NXP, Qualcomm relented and bumped up its offer. The move is sort of the inverse of the 'scorched earth' M&A tactic, since Broadcom initially said it wouldn't pursue Qualcomm if the company raised its bid for NXP.

    Systems & Software Infrastructure

  • Securing a fast start to 2018

    Joining an already long list of big-name acquirers of information security this year, Oracle has reached for hosted network security startup Zenedge. With the purchase, Oracle joins several other cloud-focused IT vendors in acquiring infosec startups already in 2018, including bellwether buyers such as Amazon Web Services, Cisco and VMware. Overall, those early deals put 2018 on track for the highest-ever number of infosec acquisitions.

    Information Security

  • Be mine (or else)

    Rather than a heartfelt romantic plea, the traditional Valentine's Day sentiment of 'Be mine' is beginning to sound distinctly ominous in some tech M&A circles. We write that as Broadcom and Qualcomm sit down together for the first time to discuss the unsolicited offer that might result in the largest-ever tech deal. And on this day celebrating love and romance, there are a few other examples of acrimonious acquisitions that directly go against today's holiday.

  • A correction and its implications

    The recent bear market has certainly mauled Wall Street. Anxious dealmakers are now worried that bear could start roughing up the M&A market. That's certainly what happened in the previous stock market meltdown in early 2016, when deal spending didn't recover until summer.

  • An arms race in federal IT services

    Looking to double the size of its government IT services business, diversified defense industry conglomerate General Dynamics will pay $6.8bn in cash for CSRA. The deal would create the second-largest vendor in the federal IT services market, trailing only a company created by a similar multibillion-dollar pairing two years ago. Conscious of the current upheaval on Wall Street, the two sides repeatedly described the blockbuster deal as a 'low risk' transaction.

    Managed Services & Hosting

  • Cardlytics looks for buyers as Wall Street sells

    Inflation is deflating Wall Street. Since concerns rose late last week about higher wages possibly leading to higher prices, stocks haven't had the same appeal that they have had over the past nine-year bull run. Volatility has spiked to its highest level in a half-decade, while spooked investors have dumped stocks, pushing the main US equity indexes down 10% over just the past week. Despite all those flashing red lights, Cardlytics and its underwriters greenlighted the company's IPO.

  • Tech M&A Outlook 2018

    The M&A Outlook 2018 report represents 451 Research's comprehensive analysis of recent M&A activity and our forecast for trends that are expected to shape dealmaking in the coming year. All acquisition data comes from 451 Research's M&A KnowledgeBase, the industry's only technology-specific M&A database. The outlook and specific predictions for acquisition activity in eight key IT sectors come from extensive research and forecasts from the more than 100 analysts at 451 Research -- who, collectively, will write some 3,500 reports this year on the strategy, innovation and financial events at the companies they cover.

  • Webinar: Tech M&A Outlook 2018

    Join 451 Research on Wednesday for a one-hour webinar looking back on tech M&A in 2017 and what we anticipate in the market this year. We will highlight the trends that we expect to shape deal flow as well as the markets and companies that we think will see much of the activity. Additionally, we'll cover other markets that impact M&A, including the near-term IT spending outlook, changes in the VC industry and what the recent volatility on Wall Street means for the current crop of tech IPO hopefuls.

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