2015 has seen a significant increase in M&A activity in the technology and telecom industries, driven by demand for the latest technology and the fastest internet connectivity. The highest numbers of M&A deals to date have been in the technology space, and together with telecom deals, their value reaches around $450 billion for this half year.
These deals, whether public or private, do not come without risk, particularly in the antitrust and regulatory sphere. Antitrust investigations, initiated by the authorities and competitors that have lost out in the M&A scramble, have recently blocked or delayed major deals.
Businesses must consider the antitrust and industry-specific regulatory aspects very closely before proceeding with any transaction to avoid unnecessary delay, extra costs, requirements to make onerous concessions, or at worst the deal falling through.
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