Authors: Gregor Pryor Herbert F. Kozlov Isabelle MacElhone James F. Wilkinson Michael J. Young Stephan Rippert

The first report in our Deal Dimensions series, in partnership with Mergermarket, reveals that 84 per cent of technology, media and entertainment (TME) companies expect to see more cross-sector M&A convergence deals over the next two years.

The report, entitled Wired up: The convergence of technology, media and entertainment, explains the changing M&A landscape for TME firms. This is being driven by an increasingly fierce battle fought by TME firms who are attempting to gain a competitive edge in the market. 2014 saw new levels of convergence deals amounting to US$34.5 billion, with this trend predicted to increase further.

The report reveals that cross-sector convergence varies widely across the TME sectors. Entertainment businesses are the most willing to branch out, with more than 33 per cent planning non-entertainment purchases. This willingness has the potential to put acquisitive businesses ahead, but they must be aware of the potential risks involved in cross-sector acquisitions.

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