Market Update: IT Services & Software in Western Europe – Q3 2021
The third quarter of 2021 closed with a drop in deal volume, but the M&A transaction value continued to accelerate towards a new annual record. Private equity buyers were particularly acquisitive, encouraged by a favorable environment for leveraged buyouts. With strong leveraged lending markets and heightened levels of dry powder, the western European private equity exists activity intensified. Sellers were also motivated by higher multiples and strong optimism in the market.
The IT sector is driving the activity in Western Europe due to its resilience during the pandemic and its strategic position in front of disruption. Additionally, the war for talent and the pursuit of growth through geographical extension influenced the M&A activity in the region. The most active countries were Germany, France, and England, where investors targeted IT consulting companies, cloud providers, and digital transformation services. The verticals that characterized the quarter also extended to cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and cloud mitigation providers.
7MA has completed numerous M&A transactions for companies with outsourced operations and/or delivery centers in Western Europe and has developed unparalleled deal expertise and knowledge of the industry trends, valuation trends, and most active strategic and financial buyers. Please contact Kristina Sergueeva, Ilia Ulianchuk, or Lucas Cerbelli if you would like to learn more about IT Services & Software across Western Europe.