High deal activity driven by digitalization and sustainability

Monthly deal activity I November 2021

In October 2021, we closed 27 transactions of which 20 were M&A deals and 7 were fundraising deals. We expect deal activity to continue the upward trajectory we have witnessed so far this year, as companies rely more and more on M&A as a crucial tool to remain competitive and relevant, or to transform their business in this fast-changing world.

Understandably, TMT (Technology, Media and Telecommunication) is one of the most active industries due to the digitalization of our lives both at home and in our professional environments. Mid-sized tech companies in particular are very attractive targets, as they make for excellent bolt-on deals to enhance a company’s performance or to drive innovation.

 

In fact, at Oaklins we are looking at a record number of TMT deals in a broad variety of sub-segments for 2021. We have already closed 79 TMT transactions so far this year, which is significantly higher than the number of TMT transactions completed in the same period over the past five years: 70 transactions in 2020, 68 in 2019, 66 in 2018, 65 in 2017 and 47 in 2016.

A selection of the deals closed in October

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This combination is an ideal strategic fit and will allow our customers to benefit from the development of a wider product offering and improved operations, by the integration of existing G&F solutions into SECO’s technological and operational platform. Both SECO and G&F are best-in-class players in the field of HMI/edge solutions, as well as leading developers of industrial IoT systems. I am delighted to continue to be part of this new chapter and contribute to further accelerating SECO’s growth trajectory. Stefan Heczko, CEO, Garz & Fricke Holding GmbH
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