Top 20 Deals for 2012

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $16,000,000,000 Facebook Undisclosed Media Public
2 $5,000,000,000 NDS Group Cisco Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
3 $4,900,000,000 Aegis Group Dentsu Marketing Acquisition
4 $4,800,000,000 Hitachi Global Storage Western Digital Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
5 $4,300,000,000 Ariba SAP Software & Services Acquisition
6 $3,300,000,000 Getty Images The Carlyle Group Media Acquisition
7 $2,600,000,000 Logica CGI Software & Services Acquisition
8 $2,500,000,000 Elpida Memory Micron Technology Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
9 $2,400,000,000 Quest Software Dell Software & Services Acquisition
10 $2,200,000,000 AboveNet Zayo Group Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
11 $1,900,000,000 Taleo Oracle Software & Services Acquisition
12 $1,700,000,000 Cable & Wireless Worldwide Vodafone Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
13 $1,500,000,000 Knology WOW Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
14 $1,300,000,000 Jupiter Shop Channel Bain Capital Ecommerce Acquisition
15 $1,300,000,000 Kenexa IBM Software & Services Acquisition
16 $1,260,000,000 Nicira Networks VMware Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
17 $1,200,000,000 Yammer Microsoft Software & Services Acquisition
18 $1,100,000,000 Deltek Thoma Bravo Software & Services Acquisition
19 $1,040,000,000 ASML Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
20 $1,000,000,000 Instagram Facebook Mobile & Apps Acquisition

More information

  1. Facebook Stalls In Public Debut After Record $16B In IPO (Bloomberg)
  2. Cisco Buys NDS Group For $5B (Silicon Tap)
  3. Japanese ad giant Dentsu buys Aegis for £3.16 bn (Yahoo)
  4. WD Completes Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Buy (SoCal Tech)
  5. SAP Agrees to Buy Ariba in $4.3B Deal (Business Week)
  6. Getty Images Acquired By Carlyle For $3.3 Billion (Northwest Innovation)
  7. Canada’s CGI to Buy IT Rival Logica for $2.6 Billion (AllThingsD)
  8. Micron to Acquire Elpida Memory for $2.5 Billion (Pando Daily)
  9. Dell Acquires Quest Software For $2.4 Billion (TechCrunch)
  10. Zayo Group To Acquire High Bandwidth Connectivity Company AboveNet For $2.2 Billion (TechCrunch)
  11. Oracle Buys Talent Management Solutions Company Taleo For $1.9 Billion (Techcrunch)
  12. Vodafone Buys Cable & Wireless For $1.7B, Gives Mobile Carrier Bigger Window On Enterprise, Broadband (TechCrunch)
  13. WOW! Buys Knology For $1.5 Billion (Tech Rockies)
  14. Bain Capital to acquire 50% stake in Jupiter Shop Channel from Sumitomo Corporation (Private Equity Wire)
  15. IBM Buys Social HR And Talent Management Software Company Kenexa For $1.3B In Cash (TechCrunch)
  16. VMware Buys Nicira For $1.26 Billion And Gives More Clues About Cloud Strategy (TechCrunch)
  17. Microsoft to Acquire Yammer (Microsoft )
  18. Why Thoma Bravo Paid $1.1 Billion For Deltek (AOL)
  19. Taiwan Semiconductor Buys 5% ASML Equity Stake (Bloomberg)
  20. Facebook buys Instagram for $1bn and everyone hates it already (The Guardian)
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