Technology Enabled Media & Marketing: Top 20 Deals of 2014

For mergers and acquisitions as a whole, 2014 was another record breaking year and Ciesco have reported an increase of 24% on 2013 within the technology enabled media and marketing sector. The total disclosed value of transactions was almost £77 billion, compared to just £16.5 billion in 2013.


This sharp increase on deal values can be, in part, attributed to two “mega-deals” – Comcast’s £30 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Facebook’s £14.5 billion acquisition of WhatsApp.


Below is a list of the top 20 deals of 2014 within the technology enabled media and marketing sector:


1.  Comcast’s £30 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable

2.  Facebook’s £14.5 billion acquisition of WhatsApp

3.  Vista Equity Partners’ £2.85 billion acquisition of TIBCO Software

4.  CVC Capital Partners / Leonard Green & Partners’ £2.85 billion acquisition of Advantage Sales & Marketing

5.  Publicis Group’s £2.5 billion acquisition of Sapient

6.’s £1.7 billion acquisition of OpenTable

7.  Alliance Data Systems’ £1.5 billion acquisition of Conversant

8.  Facebook’s £1.3 billion acquisition of Oculus VR

9.  Alibaba’s £1 billion acquisition of AutoNavi

10.’s £1 billion acquisition of VKontakte

11.  Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.’s £750 million acquisition of Internet Brands

12.  UBM’s £660 million acquisition of Advanstar Communications

13.  Rakuten’s £660 million acquisition of Ebates

14.  Amazon’s £642 million acquisition of Twitch Interactive

15.  News Corp’s £630 million acquisition of Move

16.  Rakuten’s £610 million acquisition of Viber Media

17.  Siris Capital Group’s £556 million acquisition of Digital River

18.  Convergys’ £543 million acquisition of Stream Global Services

19.  GTCR’s £540 million acquisition of Callcredit Information Group

20.  CBS Outdoor Americas’ £456 million acquisition of Van Wagner Communications