Digital Media Continues Strong Transaction Volume in Q1’17

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Digital Media M&A and financing activity continued at a strong pace in Q1’17, with 292 M&A transactions and more than 1,280 disclosed global financings. Key industry trends driving investments and acquisitions include:

  • Increased activity from financial sponsors, with transaction volume from technology-focused private equity firms and their portfolio company’s increasing approximately 15% over Q1’16;
  • Disruption of traditional retail markets by emerging businesses offering novel delivery models;
  • Large financing rounds by venture capital firms in established targets, such as Airbnb, SoFi and Instacart; and
  • Continued investment in virtual and augmented reality.

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