US technology M&A insights: Analysis and trends in US technology merger & acquisition activity 2012

March 2012
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US technology M&A insights:  Analysis and trends in US technology merger & acquisition activity 2012

At a glance

Technology sector merger and acquisition activity deal value increased despite a drop in deal volume. Tech sector executives will look for acquisitions to distinguish their companies from the competition.

Wrenching changes across the political, natural and economic spectrums created a challenging environment for merger and acquisition activity in the technology industry. Despite challenges and a decline in deal volume, the software, Internet and semiconductor sectors saw large acquisitions which increased overall deal value for technology. Innovation and time to market will continue to provide opportunities for technology executives to acquire companies that will set them apart from their competitors in the year ahead.

This quarterly update includes a recap of the quarter's largest deals and most active sectors, as well as an outlook for 2012.