Tech Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Regulation – Thematic Intelligence

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Tech Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Regulation Thematic Report Overview

Big Tech’s plans to use merger and acquisition (M&A) deals to strengthen its position and expand into other markets are being dashed by regulators’ antitrust activism. Large acquisitions are subject to heavy surveillance from regulators worldwide, and aspiring acquirers need to pre-emptively address concerns from regulators and be ready to make concessions. Merger control legislation is undergoing significant transformations, with regulators worldwide adopting a tougher stance on M&A enforcement.

The Tech Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Regulation thematic intelligence report gives you an in-depth insight into M&A deals and their impact on Big Tech. It further entails a deep-dive analysis of the M&A regulatory landscape. The report identifies the key market trends that will shape the tech M&A regulation theme over the coming years and gives an insight into the market players and the competitive landscape within the theme.

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Regions Covered Global
Key Trends ·        Technology Trends

·        Macroeconomic Trends

·        Regulatory Trends

Leading Companies ·        Alibaba

·        Alphabet (parent company of Google)

·        Amazon

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Tech M&A Regulation – Key Trends

The primary trends that will shape the tech M&A regulation theme over the next 12 to 24 months are classified into technology trends, macroeconomic trends, and regulatory trends.

  • Technology trends: The key technology trends impacting the tech M&A regulation theme are cloud, AI, and e-commerce.
  • Macroeconomic trends: M&A deals in China and India along with a changing macroeconomic outlook are the key macroeconomic trends expected to drive the market.
  • Regulatory trends: Killer acquisitions, regulatory divergence, and ex-ante regulation are part of the regulatory trends impacting the tech M&A regulation theme.

Tech M&A Regulation - Companies

A few leading companies making their mark within the tech M&A regulation theme are:

  • Alibaba
  • Alphabet (parent company of Google)
  • Amazon

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Top 50 Global TMT Sector Scorecard

At GlobalData, we use a scorecard approach to predict tomorrow’s leading companies within each sector. Our sector scorecards have three screens: A thematic screen, a valuation screen, and a risk screen.

  • The thematic screen ranks companies based on overall leadership in the 10 themes that matter most to their industry, generating a leading indicator of future performance.
  • The valuation screen ranks our universe of companies within a sector based on selected valuation metrics.
  • The risk screen ranks companies within a particular sector based on overall investment risk.

Top 50 Global TMT Sector Scorecard – Thematic Screen

Top 50 Global TMT Sector Scorecard – Thematic Screen

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Tech M&A regulation sector scorecard also includes:

  • Social media sector scorecard


This report provides:

  • An overview of the issues surrounding regulatory oversight of tech M&A deals.
  • Analysis of the M&A regulatory landscape in the EU, US, UK, China, and India.
  • Identification of the key trends impacting the theme over the next 12 to 24 months, split into three categories: technology trends, macroeconomic trends, and regulatory trends.
  • An overview of recent M&A activity in the tech, media, and telecom (TMT) industry and highlights mega-deals in TMT announced between 2020 and 2023 that are currently under scrutiny or likely to face scrutiny.

Key Highlights

At the end of 2023, Adobe abandoned its planned $20 billion acquisition of Figma following opposition from UK and EU regulators. In January 2024, Amazon’s proposed $1.7 billion acquisition of iRobot collapsed in the face of EU scrutiny. Microsoft managed to close its $69 billion deal for Activision Blizzard in October 2023, but UK, EU, and US regulators are investigating its $13 billion investment in OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT.

Merger control legislation is undergoing significant transformations, with regulators worldwide adopting a tougher stance on M&A enforcement. According to the EU’s Digital Markets Act (DMA), a digital gatekeeper can never be sure of whether or not its M&A activity will be reviewed by the European Commission, even if the acquired company is tiny. In the US, antitrust regulators are considering lowering the thresholds at which they will deem companies to have significant market power; the UK, India, and China are also considering more stringent obligations for large digital platforms’ M&A plans. These efforts will make it more difficult for Big Tech to get regulatory approval for further M&A activity.

Reasons to Buy

M&A deals can help companies improve efficiency and reach economies of scale, but they can also pose challenges to competition. Big Tech companies have aggressively pursued M&A activity, targeting start-ups with expertise and skills that they lack. Such acquisitions can significantly benefit consumers by supporting innovation. However, they can also raise concerns about competition when they remove potential competitors from the market or strengthen an already dominant position in a way that makes the entry of new players extremely difficult. This report will help you make sense of the issues around regulation of tech M&A. It also identifies the losers in the technology, media, and telecom (TMT) industry from the increased regulatory scrutiny of M&A deals over the next two to five years.

Booking Holdings
China Mobile
China Telecom
Walt Diseny
X (Twitter)

Table of Contents

  • 1. Executive Summary
  • 2. Players
  • 3. The M&A Regulatory Landscape
  • 4. Trends

    • 4.1. Technology trends
    • 4.2. Macroeconomic trends
    • 4.3. Regulatory trends

  • 5. M&A Activity

    • 5.1. The M&A deals under scrutiny
    • 5.2. Timeline

  • 6. Companies
  • 7. Sector Scorecards

    • 7.1. Top 50 global TMT
    • 7.2. Social media sector scorecard

  • 8. Glossary
  • 9. Further Reading
  • 10. Our Thematic Research Methodology
  • 11. About GlobalData
  • 12. Contact Us

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