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The 10 Biggest Tech M&A Deals Of 2021 (So Far)

Here’s a look at the biggest tech mergers and acquisitions that have been announced, completed or are still in the works in 2021 (so far).

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The Big Get Bigger

The pandemic-induced economic upheaval of the last year hasn’t slowed the rate at which tech companies are negotiating and executing multi-billion-dollar mergers and acquisitions. If anything, judging by the price tags of some deals the pace may be picking up.

Blockbuster acquisitions have the potential to remake segments of the IT industry. The combination of two or more companies can create a dominant powerhouse in, say, microprocessors or cloud applications. Acquiring companies can gain an infusion of technology or financial capital that gives them a competitive edge. Or, in the case of spin-offs and divestitures, it can help a company slim down and regain focus on its core competencies.

Here’s a look at the IT industry’s biggest acquisition, merger and spin-off deals in 2021 (so far). Some deals were announced last year (or even earlier) and have been completed this year. Others have been announced but are still working their way through regulatory and/or shareholder approvals before they can be wrapped up – possibly not until 2022.

While this list generally ranks the deals by their dollar value, we’ve also considered their industry impact. (While AT&T’s plans to spin off its WarnerMedia assets has a potential value of $43 billion on paper, for example, we’ve put that deal further down in our ranking.)

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