M&A Deal Summary

Microsoft Acquires Nuance Communications

On April 12, 2021, Microsoft Corp. acquired software company Nuance Communications, Inc. for 19.7B USD

Acquisition Highlights
  • This is Microsoft’s 109th transaction in the Software sector.
  • This is Microsoft’s 2nd largest (disclosed) transaction.
  • This is Microsoft’s 144th transaction in the United States.
  • This is Microsoft’s 14th transaction in Massachusetts.

M&A Deal Summary

Date 2021-04-12
Target Nuance Communications, Inc.
Sector Software
Buyer(s) Microsoft Corp.
Deal Type Add-on Acquisition
Deal Value 19.7B USD
Advisor(s) Evercore Group LLC (Financial)
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP (Legal)


Nuance Communications, Inc.

Burlington, Massachusetts, United States
Nuance's corporate headquarters in Burlington, Massachusetts.
Nuance's corporate headquarters in Burlington, Massachusetts.
Nuance Communications is a provider of speech and imaging solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Nuance technologies, applications and services enable users calling directory assistance, getting account information, dictating patient records, telling a navigation system their destination, or digitally reproducing documents that can be shared and searched. Nuance Communications was formed in 1992 and is based in Burlington, Massachusetts.

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Microsoft Corp.

Redmond, Washington, United States


Category Company
Founded 1975
Revenue 143.0B USD (2020)
Entrance to Microsoft's corporate headquarters in Redmond, Washington.
Entrance to Microsoft's corporate headquarters in Redmond, Washington.

Microsoft develops, licenses, and supports a wide range of software products and services. The Company designs, manufactures, and sells devices that integrate with cloud-based services and delivers online advertising to a global audience. Products include operating systems for computing devices, servers, phones, and other intelligent devices; server applications for distributed computing environments; cross-device productivity applications; business solution applications; desktop and server management tools; software development tools; video games; and online advertising. Microsoft also designs and sells hardware including PCs, tablets, gaming and entertainment consoles, phones, other intelligent devices, and related accessories. Microsoft offers cloud-based solutions that provide customers with software, services, platforms, and content. The Company also provides consulting and product and solution support services, and trains and certifies computer system integrators and developers. Microsoft was formed in 1975 and is based in Redmond, Washington.

Overall 200 of 205
Sector (Software) 109 of 113
Type (Add-on Acquisition) 188 of 193
State (Massachusetts) 14 of 14
Country (United States) 144 of 148
Year (2021) 2 of 7
Size (of disclosed) 2 of 32
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