European tech M&A spending stable

Things remain stable on the technology mergers and acquisitions front across Europe although there were only a couple of $1bn plus deals in the last month. The latest figures from M&A watcher Regent Partners indicate that the number of deals dropped slightly compared to September and fewer mega


Things remain stable on the technology mergers and acquisitions front across Europe although there were only a couple of $1bn plus deals in the last month.

The latest figures from M&A watcher Regent Partners indicate that the number of deals dropped slightly compared to September and fewer mega deals hot the overall total deal value but according to a three month average it was described as "a fairly stable picture".

The two $1bn deals were the purchase by Sony by Sony Ericsson for £876m and Permira's acquisition of Genesys, the call centre software arm of Alcatel-Lucent, for $1.5bn, which took the money spent last month to a total of $9.4bn.

Regent highlighted the growing speculation that Microsoft or Google might buy Yahoo as evidence that it could be a busy end to the year. 

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