by Brenon Daly
451 Research is looking forward to hosting many of you at tonight’s sold-out Tech M&A Summit in downtown San Francisco. It’s shaping up to be a terrific event, with a lot to cover: the near-record spending on acquisitions in 2018 that – at least early on – appears to be carrying over into this year.
At tonight’s Tech M&A Summit, we’ll look at some of the M&A drivers for the broad market, as well as focus more closely on the expected activity in a couple of key markets, including machine learning, cloud and information security. For that, we’ll be drawing on our just-published Tech M&A Outlook 2019, a comprehensive forecast of what our analysts see happening in the markets that they cover. In the 125-page report, our analysts not only identify trends that are expected to shape M&A activity but also note how the companies they cover might figure into that.
Finally, we’ll have some views from some of the tech industry’s most-active dealmakers and advisers during this evening’s panel. Joining on the ‘practitioner’s hour’ are representatives from Morrison & Foerster, KeyBanc Capital Markets, VMware and Software AG. (Collectively, our panelists’ firms put up 50 announced transactions in 2018, according to 451 Research’s M&A KnowledgeBase.) Tonight’s Tech M&A Summit promises to be a lively and informative event, with maybe even a little fun sprinkled in as we talk shop. We look forward to seeing you there. #451TechMASummit