According to the Investor`s news, in 2020, the volume of transactions worldwide mergers and acquisitions (M & A) totaled $ 1.97 trillion.
The publication noted that major transactions between IT-companies account for almost one fifth of the total.
According to the global data provider and stock market infrastructure Refinitiv, the volume of the deals of technology companies is 17.8% of the total, or $ 351.4 billion. This level is now the highest since the dotcom boom of 2000.
The leadership of the IT sector in the M&A market shows the significant impact of the coronavirus crisis – mass transition of all those who found themselves in isolation to online platforms for shopping, work, study, medical consultations and communication. This is likely to contribute to the fact that some of these changes may become permanent.
In second place – financial companies with transactions amounting to $ 283.8 billion, or 14% of total.
Amenably to analytical data by region, the volume of M&A with US companies in the first half of 2020 fell by 69% to $ 355 billion, which is the lowest since 2012.
At the same time, M&A deals involving European companies grew by 37% to $ 420 billion.
At the same time, in Asia there is more moderate dynamics: in Japan, total M&A increased by 3% compared to the first half of last year, and in the rest of the Asia-Pacific region, it fell by 8% to $ 311 billion (the lowest since 2013).
According to Refinitiv, the total volume of transactions announced in 2020 is now $ 1.97 trillion. This exceeds the volume of transactions for the same period after the financial crisis of 2008, which amounted to $ 1.26 trillion in 2009 and $ 1.6 trillion in 2010.
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