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Recap 2023 – Merger and acquisition activity suffered a setback in 2023, both in the technology sector and overall. The downturn in mergers and acquisitions was caused by rising interest rates, geopolitical instability and concerns about a potential recession. Private equity firms are still dealing with stricter financing conditions, significantly dampening the appetite towards new investments. Even existing investments suffered sharp devaluations, with numerous “down rounds” for VC-backed companies. The start-up funding hit the lowest level of the last 5 years in 2023.
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