What's the Forecast for Tech M&A?

“The contrast could not be starker between the negative outlook induced by the pandemic at the start of 2020 and the extraordinary bullishness shown by tech dealmakers at the end of the year.”

— Eric McCrath, Co-Chair, Morrison & Foerster's Corporate Department

The Tech M&A Leaders’ Survey is a joint effort by Morrison & Foerster and 451 Research to take the temperature of company executives, corporate development officers, lawyers, bankers, and other dealmakers focused on the technology sector. The mission of this annual survey is to dig into pertinent M&A-related issues with thought leaders and to spark a healthy dialogue about their topics of interest.

According to our December 2020 survey, two-thirds (66%) of respondents anticipate an increase in M&A activity for the companies they advise in the next 12 months, with only 6% expecting a decrease. By contrast, in our previous survey in November 2019, 40% of respondents predicted an increase.

As noted in the press release, the survey also highlights the immediate and long-lasting impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on dealmaking, with 53% of respondents reporting delays in due diligence during the pandemic, and 66% anticipating that the post-COVID era will include a greater mix of virtual meetings in the negotiating process.

Download the whole survey report to read more predictions on timely topics, including:

  • The outlook for technology M&A deal activity and valuations;
  • COVID-19’s immediate and long-lasting impacts;
  • Private equity spending; and
  • The future of SPACs.

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The M&A Leaders Survey is a joint effort by Morrison & Foerster and 451 Research to take the temperature of company executives, corporate development officers, lawyers, bankers and other dealmakers focused on the technology sector. The mission of this semi-annual survey is to dig into timely M&A-related issues with thought leaders and to spark a healthy dialogue about the topics of interest to them.

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