Ciesco Market Intelligence 2 August 2023

Ciesco Global M&A Update H1 2023

H1 2023 M&A activity in Technology & Media remains level in terms of number of deals, with demonstrable resilience predicted to continue in H2

July 2023, London

  • Despite a cautious start to 2023, Technology & Media sector activity remains level in the first half of this year, compared to the first half of 2022. The volume of M&A deals has been showing signs of picking up, following a dip in Q1 2023. H1 2023 ended with 2% increase on H1 2022 and a 23% increase on H1 2021.
  • Digital incl. Agency, AdTech/ MarTech, and Content & Production sectors continue to attract the most buyer interest.
  • Notably, in H1 2023, PR & Communications demonstrated a 123% rise in deal volume.
  • M&A activity in the USA, UK & Western Europe lead the deal activity in H1 2023, accounting for 77% of all activity. Notably, the deal activity in Japan tripled from 10 to 32 deals in H1 2023.
  • Corporate-led (strategic buyer) acquisitions continue to account for the majority of transactions, but PE-backed deals account for a significant 42% of total deal volume.


1,051 transactions were announced in the first half of 2023 in the Technology & Media sectors. This was a 2% increase in year-to-date deal activity from the same period in 2022 and a significant growth on H1 2021 – up 23%, demonstrating strong post-pandemic recovery.

Against a backdrop of continued concern about inflation and interest rates, the half year saw strong M&A activity across all focus sectors, with the highest deal volume across Digital Services, Events, Content/Production and PR & Communications.

The USA and the UK were the most active M&A markets in H1 2023, representing 50% of all global deals within the focus sector. They were followed by France, Canada, Germany, Australia and Japan, all of which combined represent 70% of total deal volume. Deal volume remains above pre-pandemic 2019 levels, and a clear upward trajectory can be seen throughout February – June.

Our Market Intelligence found that the APAC region continues its rise in M&A activity, with a 25% increase from the same period in 2022. Companies in Australia and Japan were among the most attractive – these markets combined make up 45% of all activity in APAC.

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