The Taylor Wessing Technology Barometer — Q1 2013

In this bleakest of economic mid-winters it is heartening to warm ourselves with the knowledge that the technology sector continues to out-perform the rest of the market. Despite the prevailing economic uncertainty — sadly just as uncertain now as 12 months ago — performance and activity levels for this sector were strong in 2012.  Furthermore, our CXO confi‰dence survey reveals that, buoyed by the continuing strong performance of the sector, senior managers are actually more con‰dent now than they were 12 months ago.

As lawyers who specialise in advising a wide range of technology companies, our experiences in 2012 echo the fi‰ndings in this report. Our technology lawyers have remained busy on the deal front at a time when other sectors have been much more subdued. We also support the argument made later in this report that international markets continue to push the sector up the growth curve. We have a Žflourishing practice with international technology companies coming to the UK in one form or another, particularly with regards to US investors.

Over the last two years we have also seen a shift in the shape of some of the investment in the technology sector as buy-out houses and venture capital ‰rms converge in the growth space. Venture houses are changing their risk pro‰file by looking at more mature businesses in such uncertain times, while the private equity houses recognise the vitality and robustness of the sector as well as a more reliable deal flŽow than off”ered by more traditional hunting grounds…

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