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There’s a Mini Dealmaking Boom Happening Among ESG Software Companies

Hi, it’s Liana in New York—welcome to the Bloomberg Deals newsletter. Today I’m looking at the ESG software space, a slice of the market that’s seen a lot of deals in recent months. Plus, Unilever walks away from GlaxoSmithKline and CVC picks banks for its IPO. 

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I’ve spotted a mini trend in software M&A that’s made me optimistic that there might be a warmer side to the cold world of SaaS deals (the acronym for software-as-a-service that sounds like sass): There’s a whole class of software companies that exist under the umbrella of trying to help the social good—and they’re consolidating at a rapid clip.