January 5, 2012 – HP’s $10.2 billion buyout of Autonomy at a time of internal turmoil was the largest deal in the information management space of 2011, and transactions easily surpassed totals from the previous year, according to a review of the year’s disclosed mergers and acquisitions.
Below is a list of the top 10 deals in terms of payout for 2011, which had bested the previous year’s transaction values by the third fiscal quarter, according to financial advisory Berkery Noyes. By November, there were already more than 760 transactions in the information management and software space, registering $39 billion in value and pushing beyond 2010 figures – and well beyond the economically challenged years of 2008 and 2009. Google recorded about two-dozen transactions during 2011, leading the way in terms of total buys, with VMware and IBM also involved in numerous transactions during the year, Berkery Noyes stated. And though it doesn’t appear on the list as a traditional transaction, it is also worth mentioning the $4.5 billion sell-off of mobile, networking and semiconductor patents in June by Nortel Networks to a consortium that included Microsoft, Sony, Apple, EMC, RIM and Ericsson AB.
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