Morrison & Foerster is pleased to share with our clients and friends the results of our semi-annual Tech M&A Leaders Survey.

According to the findings, more than twice as many dealmakers intend to accelerate tech acquisition activity during the next six months compared to respondents who predict a slowdown. Specifically, almost half of dealmakers (47 percent) expect tech M&A activity to increase during the next six months, while only 20 percent are forecasting a decrease. It's a marked departure from the previous survey that was conducted six months ago, where 38 percent of respondents expected an increase but 33 percent predicted a decline.

The survey also found that the vast majority of dealmakers (82 percent) report that acquirers are putting increased emphasis during their due diligence processes on the cybersecurity policies and practices of target companies.

Other key survey findings include:

  • Nearly half of survey respondents (45 percent) forecast that buyout shops will spend more in 2017 than they have in 2016; and
  • More than half of survey respondents (54 percent) predict increased IPO activity next year and 58 percent see the IPO market heating up during the next five years.

View the survey results.

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