European Tech M&A accelerates as digital transformation of industries continues

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The continuing digitalisation of industries is a key factor driving deal activity within the European technology segment with new investment opportunities emerging across a number of sub-sectors, according to specialist news provider TMT Finance.

We are expecting more deal activity in the security, Software-as-a-Service, fintech and IoT space in the next 12 months.

M&A activity in the European cloud, hosting and managed infrastructure space is accelerating with a number of deals currently in the works across the continent, as reported TMT Finance. While companies including Host Europe Group (HEG) and Data4 are looking for new owners or investors, several datacentre, cloud and hosting deals have recently been announced and a number of smaller ones currently taking place. These will be key topics on the agenda of the TMT Finance Europe 2016 Conference, which is taking place in Munich on October 18.

Following the current abundance of deal activity in the hosting and datacentre space, the next wave of tech M&A is expected in the Software-as-a-Service, cyber security and Internet of Things/M2M sectors, as digital business transformation across industries continues to drive further deal activity.    

“Across industry sectors companies are looking for ways to disrupt traditional business models,” one banker said. “It is easier for companies to add niche capabilities through M&A than to keep abreast with new technologies rather than trying to create an offering from scratch. We are expecting more deal activity in the security, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), fintech and IoT space in the next 12 months.”

In recent months, TMT Finance has exclusively reported on numerous M&A situations in the abovementioned sectors, including those of Pan-European connected car solutions provider NNG, fintech companies Itiviti, Nets and Keylane, as well as SaaS companies Transporeon, Automic and Skyscape.

Enterprise cloud, hosting and datacentres, as well as IoT and M2M, and investing in innovation have been identified as some of the key topics at the TMT Finance Europe 2016 event to be held in Munich on October 18, where key financial decision makers (CEOs, CSOs, CFOs, Heads of M&A), Investment Bankers, Investors and Advisors will to discuss the latest investment strategies and opportunities across the telecommunications, media and technology sectors in the DACH, Central and Eastern Europe region.
Now in its fourth year and 250 delegates expected, the event features over 60 key speakers on 25 sessions on TMT Growth Strategies, Mergers and Acquisitions, Telecom Infrastructure, Innovation, Financing, Media Convergence, Enterprise Cloud, Broadband, Datacentres and IoT.

C-level executives from Telefonica, Tele2, Telekom Austria, Play, VimpelCom, M7, Cellnex, Emitel, Beyond, Engage Sport Media, Linklaters, Wooga, HandyGames, Credit Agricole, Dentons, Index Ventures, UFA Sports, CEE Equity Partners, HgCapital, JP Morgan, Raiffeisen, Societe Generale, Deutsche Bank and ING are among those represented on the programme.

TMT Finance is the leading news and events provider for telecom, media and tech executives active in mergers and acquisitions, financing strategy and investment globally.

For more information, go to the TMT Finance Europe 2016 Conference event website.

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