President Trump blocks Broadcom-Qualcomm deal over China concerns

“President Donald Trump issued an executive order Monday blocking Broadcom Ltd. from pursuing its hostile takeover of Qualcomm Inc., scuttling a $117 billion deal that had been scrutinized by a secretive panel over the tie-up’s threat to U.S. national security,” David McLaughlin reports for Bloomberg. “Trump acted on a recommendation by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., which reviews acquisitions of American firms by foreign investors.”

“The decision was unveiled just hours after Hock Tan, the chief executive officer of Singapore-based Broadcom, met with officials at the Pentagon in a last-ditch effort to salvage what would have been the biggest technology deal in history,” McLaughlin reports. “‘There is credible evidence that leads me to believe that Broadcom Ltd.,’ by acquiring Qualcomm, ‘might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States,’ Trump said in the order released Monday evening in Washington.”

“The order underscores the tough stance the Trump administration is taking on foreign takeovers of U.S. technology firms. In September, he blocked the sale of Lattice Semiconductor Corp. to a Chinese-backed investor,” McLaughlin reports. “The order underscores the tough stance the Trump administration is taking on foreign takeovers of U.S. technology firms. In September, he blocked the sale of Lattice Semiconductor Corp. to a Chinese-backed investor. That was just the fourth time in a quarter century that a U.S. president stopped a foreign takeover of an American firm on national security grounds. At least a half-dozen technology deals have collapsed during the Trump administration in the face of concerns raised by CFIUS.”

“Trump’s order came as Broadcom was in the midst of moving its headquarters from Singapore to the U.S. Broadcom had announced the move in November after Tan met with Trump at the White House,” McLaughlin reports. “After the meeting, CFIUS approved Broadcom’s takeover of Brocade Communications Systems, conditioned on the headquarters move, according to Broadcom.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Intel’s prayers have been answered.

Intel should be praying that the U.S. government scuttles the Broadcom-Qualcomm merger so they don’t have to try to buy and attempt to integrate Broadcom and that Apple’s Qualcomm dispute goes on for years, so that Intel can at least have time to figure out how to finally make decent modems for iPhones. — MacDailyNews, March 12, 2018

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29 Comments

    1. Singapore does have Chinese people in it, and Asian people of various Asian backgrounds, and Indians, and Singaporeans, and English and etc.

      I’m cynical though because that’s my thing. I mean, I used to be indecisive but now I’m not so sure.

      1. “Singapore does have Chinese people in it, and Asian people of various Asian backgrounds, and Indians, and Singaporeans, and English and etc.”

        So does America, but no one is going around calling America China.

        1. I am a cynic and under-educated, otherwise, I would know enough grammar to have correctly typed “Not I,” capitalizing the “i” and not using “me.”

  1. Moving the headquarters to the U.S. is not the same as making the company a U.S. company.

    CFIUS is absolutely not “a secretive panel”. Some of its meetings are classified for obvious reasons, but anyone who has dealt with foreign investment in the U.S. knows about it, or should. They they know the ground rules.

    Foreign investment is very different than foreign control or outright buyout, but CFIUS does review any significant buy in of a U.S. company, but they don’t worry about a 5% investment unless it comes with some level of control.

    In general I am very much against protectionism, but unless Broadcom becomes a true U.S. company based in the U.S. I am in favor of the U.S. Government blocking this deal.

      1. If I remember correctly, Russian company bought out a Canadian company. And because small part of that Canadian company controlled a small part of US uranium production capacity, nine (9) US government agencies were involved in reviewing and approving the deal, in addition to two non-federal entities. So, out of these eleven US entities that reviewed and approved the deal, one was US State Department. Curiously, none of the Republicans who had the power to object to this deal did that.

        How this narrative translates into “Hillary Clinton sells US uranium to the Russians!” simply boggles the mind.

        1. Probably because of monies the Clinton Foundation received because of these dealings.

          “And shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Mr. Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock.

          Frank Giustra, a mining financier, has donated $31.3 million to the foundation run by former President Bill Clinton.
          At the time, both Rosatom and the United States government made promises intended to ease concerns about ceding control of the company’s assets to the Russians. Those promises have been repeatedly broken, records show.

          The New York Times’s examination of the Uranium One deal is based on dozens of interviews, as well as a review of public records and securities filings in Canada, Russia and the United States. Some of the connections between Uranium One and the Clinton Foundation were unearthed by Peter Schweizer, a former fellow at the right-leaning Hoover Institution and author of the forthcoming book “Clinton Cash.” Mr. Schweizer provided a preview of material in the book to The Times, which scrutinized his information and built upon it with its own reporting.”

        2. Doesn’t take much to boggle you lately Pre. The laundered money to buy this deal ended up in the Clinton Foundation to help get her elected, which is why everyone on the right who knows anything about the Clintons laugh constantly about this bullshit Russia collision.

          You have two eyes, Predrag. For too long you have shut one to the possibility that you live in a liberal bubble and most of what you hear is very slanted.

          http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2018/jan/05/fbi-investigating-clinton-foundation-corruption-cl/

          1. Now we’re talking about something else.

            There is a lot of fishy stuff about that Clinton foundation, and knowing the Clinton political machine, there’s no doubt there was a lot of pay-for-play there.

            Russians bought a Canadian company. Eleven US agencies reviewed the deal. Clinton likely never even knew about the transaction, as it never involved an American entity. This narrative is turned into “Clinton sells US uranium to the Russians”. This is a stretch, by any possible definition.

            1. “knowing the Clinton political machine, there’s no doubt there was a lot of pay-for-play there.”

              Naah, do you think? That’s it though, what? No paragraph after paragraph explanation of how Hillary was involved??? So just drop it and ignore it in the rest of your post, got it.

              Not only that it gets WORSE. In the next graf you pulled a 180 and turned into a Clinton apologist, see here:

              “Eleven US agencies reviewed the deal. Clinton likely never even knew about the transaction, as it never involved an American entity.”

              Where are your facts she knew nothing? So as former Secretary of State she and her staff knew nothing of Russian deals? Glad to know the state department is on the ball along with other government agencies under Obama.

              So are you next going to say she “likely never even knew” about hundreds of millions flowing into the Clinton Foundation and her husbands banking account from Russian sources?

              So are you next going to say she “likely never even knew” basic government regulations in regard to handling classified e-mails?

              So are you next going to say she “likely never even knew” about dozens of women and one intern we know of having affairs and sex with her husband for two decades?

              She knew exactly what she was doing in all these incidents. As a lawyer she was establishing a fierce firewall to provide, protect and shield her from liability.

              The Clintons are the epitome of an old axiom: knowledge without justice is cunning not wisdom.

              Obvious, we may never hear any theories from you on how the Clintons “pay-for-play” works …

  2. The bankrupt and the debt-ridden US refusing to sell assets to it international creditors who hold its worthless bonds means the bond holders will get their pount of flesh some other way, perhaps forcefully.

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