2016 was a record year for global tech M&A, with deal value reaching $500 billion, including mega-mergers such as AT&T-Time Warner, Microsoft-LinkedIn, Oracle-NetSuite and Dell-EMC. Technology deals, including media and telecom, accounted for about a quarter of all M&A deals last year; and, there is reasonable evidence that this trajectory will likely continue in 2017. According to business leaders surveyed at the BofAML Technology Innovation Summit, 75 percent say tech M&A will stay “hot” in 2017.

Looking ahead with a positive outlook for a healthy year of dealmaking in global technology, here are some trends we anticipate in 2017:

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