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Other key highlights: 1Q15 aggregate value of disclosed-value deals hit US$77.1b, higher than any quarter since 2000. That’s up 16% YOY and 72% sequentially. Quarterly deal volume climbed to 981 deals in 1Q15. That’s up 29% YOY, 2% sequentially and a fifth consecutive post-dotcom-bubble quarterly record. The IoT and HIT were the biggest deal-value drivers of 1Q15, followed by cybersecurity, financial and payment technologies, smart mobility and the cloud. IoT accelerates cross-industry technology blur by adding network-enabled digital sensors to other industries’ everyday products. PE volume and value declined, while non-technology buyers increased value, again, after a strong 4Q14. Cross-border aggregate deal value more than doubled YOY and jumped 59% sequentially; it captured a 42% share of total quarterly value. 1Q15-Global-Tech-M&A---Transaction-Scorecard Looking ahead: robust deal-making expected “We expected a strong start for global technology M&A in 2015 — but not quite this strong,” added Liu. “Non-technology buyers were the wild card: they usually start slow and build throughout the year, but they were a major factor in 1Q15. It’s a sign the blur we’ve talked about for years is taking off, fueled by IoT and digital transformation and enabled by universal cloud adoption and a growing need to add cybersecurity to a wide range of products and services. This will set the stage for another blockbuster year in 2015 for tech M&A.” EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services.]]>