November 7, 2019 - Mergers + Acquisitions

What are Tech M&A Leaders Saying?

Morrison & Foerster is pleased to share with our clients and friends the results of our annual Tech M&A Leaders’ Survey, which takes the temperature of company executives, corporate development officers, lawyers, bankers, and other dealmakers focused on the technology sector. According to the findings:

  • The majority of dealmakers expect activity to increase over the next 12 months (40%), a cooler forecast compared to October 2018, when the last survey was conducted.
  • Economic factors accounted for most of the dealmakers’ concerns, with 61% citing fears of a potential recession and 57% citing tariffs or trade disputes as possible deterrents to future deals.
  • Respondents were split on how they think tech acquisitions by private equity firms will proceed in the next 12 months, with 35% expecting an increase in activity, 37% predicting activity will stay the same, and 28% anticipating a decrease.
  • Machine learning continues to grow as a priority for acquirers, according to 84% of respondents.

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