This report provides a comprehensive analysis of European technology company exits through mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and/or initial public offerings (IPOs) that occurred in full calendar year 2016, based on data collected and vetted by the Tech.eu and Dealroom teams.

The report gives a clear overview of how many deals took place in 2016, which type of transaction dominated, which business model proved most popular in terms of exit potential, who the most active buyers of European tech companies were, where buyers and sellers are located, a breakdown of which verticals delivered the most exits throughout the year, future trends, and much more.


For the past three years, the Tech.eu team has been meticulously keeping track of funding and M&A activity across Europe – including Israel, Turkey, Russia, the Balkans, Norway, Switzerland and other countries we consider part of the European technology industry.

This is a challenging task, as it involves continuously monitoring numerous sources, in a wide variety of languages, for an industry that is almost as widely fragmented as the European continent itself. It’s also a rewarding task, because it enables us to collect data and intelligence pertaining to the European technology industry at a scale no one has been able to do in the past. That, in turn, allows us to analyse more and better data about financing, mergers, acquisitions, IPOs and technology trends in Europe than ever before.

To date, we’ve collected this data and structured it in a way that allows us to send curated information to thousands of newsletter subscribers located across the globe on a weekly basis, and we’ve published a number of quarterly reports on funding and M&A activity on the Tech.eu website in the past. The next step is bringing data and intelligence together, by analysing the information that we’ve monitored and gathered in the past three years and connecting the proverbial dots. This has resulted in this report, a comprehensive review of all the M&A and IPO activity from European technology companies that we’ve managed to track in full calendar year 2016.

The report was written by Tech.eu journalist Shaheen Samavati, Dealroom data analyst Julien Puls and Robin Wauters, founding editor of Tech.eu. Please refer to the end of the report for methodology and disclaimers.