European Tech M&A Outlook – 2019
Global macroeconomic uncertainties and geopolitical tensions, with the consequent increase in volatility, put pressure on the M&A market. The major obstacles can be identified in the trade wars, tighter monetary policy and European political instability but, on the other side, cheap financing due to high amount of corporate cash and $1.1 Tn dry powder from Private equity ready to be spent around the world, should help maintain high expectations on M&A volumes. We expect a stable outlook for 2019, on the same levels of 2018. We see non-tech companies increasingly approaching tech-companies in order to digitalize, foster growth and reduce inefficiencies. In particular, consumer-market oriented firms are the most active in tech companies. Looking at European technology, it appears that there will be no particular slowdown even if stock markets seem to marginally absorb the outperformance of the previous years. Technology remains one of the best asset classes as drivers such Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, IoT, Digitalization, Autonomous Driving continue to reshape our world.