Return Of The M&A



Editor’s note:Andreas Penna is an M&A and venture capital tech adviser and angel investor.

2014 has seen an unprecedented number of M&A transactions globally, especially within the tech sector. Global tech M&A was up 55 percent over last year, soaring to its highest level since 2000. Technology-related transactions this year alone have generated over $100 billion.

Now, we’ve all heard of the large-scale, headline-grabbing mega acquisitions of WhatsApp, Nest, Beats, Oculus VR, and Waze. They are fodder for startup founders, and beacons of hope for bleary-eyed entrepreneurs striving for fortunes. But while these large-scale M&A transactions have been basking in the media glow, a number of smaller deals have been forged in the tech hot spot largely in Silicon Valley. Recently, the tech world is pumping with M&A activity, from small aqui-hires to large super deals.

The M&A spell is being driven by the move…

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