The conclusion of this deal, along with other significant tech mergers like Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, signals a potential shift in the regulatory landscape.
Broadcom successfully completed its $69 billion acquisition of cloud-computing company VMware on Wednesday. This significant transaction, announced in May 2022, represents one of the largest global deals in recent times and aligns with Broadcom CEO Hock Tan’s strategy to enhance the chip-maker’s software division.
The acquisition underwent intense regulatory scrutiny worldwide, leading to three postponements of the closing date. The final approval from China, a crucial market, came on Tuesday. This approval was particularly significant due to the ongoing tensions between the U.S. and China regarding stricter chip export controls, which had raised concerns about the deal’s completion before the November 26 deadline.
Danni Hewson, head of financial analysis at AJ Bell, attributed the successful conclusion of the deal partly to the improved diplomatic relations following the recent meeting between China’s President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden. This development eased investor concerns and facilitated the deal’s closure on November 22.
The acquisition had already received the green light from the European Commission, which sanctioned it after Broadcom agreed to provide certain concessions to competitor Marvell Technology. Additionally, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) approved the deal following a thorough investigation.
The conclusion of this deal, along with other significant tech mergers like Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, signals a potential shift in the regulatory landscape. Cabot Henderson, a market strategist at JonesTrading, suggested that this might encourage other companies to pursue similar transactions, though caution remains due to the increased scrutiny from U.S. regulatory bodies, particularly under the leadership of Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan.