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PrivCo's Private Tech Company M&A Report for 2012: Volume 1 (of 4): The Top 100 Most Active Private Tech Company Acquirers of 2012

NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 02/07/13 -- PrivCo has just released Volume I of its exclusive Annual Private Company M&A Report Series: "The Top 100 Acquirers Of U.S. Private Tech Companies In 2012." This comprehensive, 400-page report provides in-depth private company M&A data, rankings, and analytics on 2012's private technology company acquisitions, from the Most Active Acquirers to Most Active Tech Sectors, Top Cities for M&A Targets and more.

Key Findings:

  • Total U.S. private tech companies acquired: 2,357
  • The Top 5 Most Active Buyers: FACEBOOK, GOOGLE, GROUPON, TWITTER and CISCO
  • The most active private equity buyer: THOMA BRAVO
  • The #1 M&A Financial Advisor for PrivCo's Top 100 Most Active Acquirers was, surprisingly, BARCLAYS
  • The #1 Law Firm used was also a surprise: KIRKLAND & ELLIS

THE TOP 5 MOST ACTIVE ACQUIRERS OF PRIVATE TECH COMPANIES (2012):

1. Facebook: 16 Deals
2. Google: 16 Deals
3. Groupon: 12 Deals
4. Twitter: 10 Deals
5. Cisco: 10 Deals

THE TOP 3 METRO AREAS FOR PRIVATE TECH ACQUISITION TARGETS (2012):

1. San Francisco: 226 Deals
2. New York: 100 Deals
3. Austin: 33 Deals

THE TOP 3 METRO AREAS FOR BUYERS OF PRIVATE TECH COMPANIES (2012):

1. Silicon Valley: 329 Deals
2. New York: 151 Deals
3. Chicago: 54 Deals

TOP LEGAL M&A DEAL ADVISERS FOR U.S PRIVATE TECH ACQUISITIONS (2012):

1. Kirkland & Ellis LLP
2. Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
3. Jones Day

TOP FINANCIAL M&A DEAL ADVISERS FOR U.S. PRIVATE TECH ACQUISITIONS (2012):

1. Barclays Plc
2. Morgan Stanley
3. Credit Suisse

PrivCo CEO Sam Hamadeh stated, "The private company tech M&A deal market peaked in Q1 with 653 deals, then bottomed in Q2 coinciding with the weak Facebook IPO in May, before recovering in the 2nd half of the year. We expect a strong M&A market for private tech companies in 2013."

To access PrivCo's 400 page 2012 Private Tech M&A Industry Report: http://www.privco.com/products/2012-m-and-a-industry-overview-technology-sector-volume-I

About PrivCo
Based in New York, PrivCo is the leading provider of private company financial data and business research. PrivCo publishes exclusive financial data on over 164,000 private companies, as well as over 45,000 private company deal details, including private company mergers & acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments, leveraged buyouts, pre-IPO activity, restructurings, and more.

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