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Battle for autotech heats up

Europe accounts for only 7% of total global M&A transaction value in autotech, despite being responsible for over a third (39%) of the deals, according to a new report released today by technology advisory and investment firm GP Bullhound.

Autotech: The Mother of All Tech Battles reveals M&A activity in autotech across Europe, Asia and North America has steadily increased in the last few years, reaching a record 166 transactions in 2018, up from 144 the previous year.

Although Europe is the most active market worldwide for M&A transactions, Asia Pacific and North America lead in terms of deal value – with 72% and 21%, respectively. The total global autotech fundraising value increased by 293% to €27bn over the past five years.

Sven Raeymaekers, partner at GP Bullhound, said: “Europe’s autotech sector has been growing from strength to strength in the past few years, and the figures in our report attest to significant innovation and investment across the continent....