Mar 29, 2023
Broadcom’s $61 Billion VMware Deal Gets UK In-Depth Probe
(Bloomberg) -- Broadcom Inc.’s proposed $61 billion takeover of cloud-computing company VMware Inc. will get an in-depth review from the UK’s antitrust agency after the firm did not offer any remedies to allay the body’s competition concerns.
The Competition and Markets Authority set on Wednesday a deadline of Sept. 12 to make its decision over whether to block the deal or wave it through. The agency usually only considers structural remedies, that includes selling parts off, in the first stage of its merger investigations.
It was an expected move after the CMA previously found that the deal could possibly increase costs for customers including banks and telecommunication firms, plus dent innovation unless acceptable solutions are forthcoming. Any deal would cause competition issues in the supply of hardware components, the CMA said.
Broadcom’s acquisition is already under scrutiny from European regulators and is also in the midst of an in-depth review in Brussels.
Broadcom makes a wide range of electronics, with its products going into everything from Apple Inc.’s iPhones to industrial equipment, while VMware makes virtual software that allows users to access systems remotely. The companies don’t have overlapping products but are often used together to manage data centers.
“Broadcom’s acquisition of VMware continues to move forward as expected, including with respect to the regulatory review process taking place in the UK and those across multiple other jurisdictions,” a spokesperson for VMWare said. “We continue to expect the deal to close in Broadcom’s fiscal year 2023.”
--With assistance from Thomas Seal.
(Updates with a comment from a VMware spokesperson in the final paragraph)
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