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2021 M&A Review

2021 M&A Review

18 Jan 2021

Remarkably, despite COVID-19 and Brexit, there were 711 UK Tech M&A deals in 2020 and Q4 was up 6% YoY. Valuations climbed too, with some cloud software companies getting 5x revenues. The key is overseas buyers, who accounted for 49% of all UK tech deals – a new record. Low interest rates are crucial. They have created a wave of cheap money, to the delight of global buyers like Accenture, Cognizant and Aptean and UK buyers like ClearCourse, Access and Civica. At the same time, COVID has accelerated digital transformation everywhere, which has also pushed up the valuation of all things digital. In the US, it looks a bit bubbly, with many of the largest US tech deals achieving eye-watering valuations of more than 10x revenue. We have a vaccine, The Donald is off and Brexit is behind us, but low interest rates are the real driver of M&A prospects in The Year of The Ox. Read our Tech M&A Review for sector highlights and hot trends to watch for 2021.

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Q3 2020 UK Technology M&A Snapshot

Q3 2020 UK Technology M&A Snapshot

14 Oct 2020

UK Tech M&A activity in Q3 was up 20% on Q2, with 154 deals announced and is nearly back to normal levels, despite most deals closing digitally. Valuations are rising too with a few as high as 10x revenues. Overseas buyers are key in UK accounting for a record 48% of deals so far in 2020. Notable buyers include: Cognizant, Deloitte, Thomson Reuters, MRI Software, Engie, Aptean, BMC, and of course Nvidia’s acquisition of ARM. PE funded deals are also important, accounting for one in five deals. Its business as usual (nearly).

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ICON Venture Capital in AI & Data Technologies Mid Year Review 2020

ICON Venture Capital in AI & Data Technologies Mid Year Review 2020

20 Aug 2020

The fundraising market for AI & Data Technologies companies has remained resilient despite global challenges. These technologies continue to top surveys of enterprise customer demands, and VCs have embraced this trend. The report shows the most active investors in DataTech with additional analysis on strategic investors like Google, Salesforce, Microsoft, and Dell. It also breaks down financing trends at each layer of our DataTech Stack: Data Apps, Analytics, Data Governance, and Data Infrastructure. The report pulls from our proprietary dataset that details more than 1,350 companies categorized into more than 140 subsectors. One datapoint – DataTech companies combined have raised more than $46 billion from more than 1,900 investors.

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2020 Technology M&A Mid Year Review

2020 Technology M&A Mid Year Review

16 Jul 2020

Unsurprisingly, M&A activity in UK Tech fell in H1 but 124 M&A deals still closed in Q2, despite everyone working from home. Overseas acquirers now account for a record high, 49% of all Tech deals in UK. Notable buyers include: Aptean, MRI Software, Descartes, HelpSystems, Microsoft, Accenture and Keysight. These are very uncertain times, but NASDAQ is hitting new highs and we remain very busy on both funding and exit mandates and have closed 5 deals in lockdown. Despite working from home, it is not far off business as usual for many in the Tech sector.

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ICON M&A Buyers Survey - May 2020

ICON M&A Buyers Survey - May 2020

21 May 2020

We recently surveyed all the main UK Technology Buyers and it would seem that they are all very much open for business. See our survey results here

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ICON Cybersecurity Sector Update - April 2020

ICON Cybersecurity Sector Update - April 2020

27 Apr 2020

Cybersecurity is proving to be virus resistant. The strong transaction activity seen in 2019 is continuing in 2020, further sustained by a Covid-19 triggered new cybersecurity investment cycle. In our ICON Cybersecurity Update report we highlight current trends and dynamics in the sector, provide insights on market valuations, and examine the M&A and fundraising environments with a focus on Europe.

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Q1 2020 UK Technology M&A Snapshot

Q1 2020 UK Technology M&A Snapshot

03 Apr 2020

Over the years at ICON we have completed deals in every single market condition and we will be doing so in this CoVid and post CoVid world. Read our Q1 UK M&A Snapshot and take a look at some of the very exciting UK tech M&A deals that closed recently.

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Bristol & Bath is a UK hotspot for FinTech entrepreneurs

Bristol & Bath is a UK hotspot for FinTech entrepreneurs

26 Jan 2020

Bristol named among top cities in the world for Venture Capital investment. The Bristol & Bath region has one of the strongest FinTech ecosystems in the UK with a high number of fast-growing FinTech startups and big players such as ForgeRock and Parmenion. ICON is delighted to have joined Lloyds Bank, Hargreaves Lansdown, FinTech West and Innovate Finance contributing to FinTech West's latest report.

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