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Eric Schmidt confident of US approval to Lenovo-Motorola deal

Google Inc Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said Lenovo's experience buying IBM's ailing personal computer division in 2005 would stand it in good stead as it seeks the green light to acquire the Motorola business.

Krista Hughes | February 4, 2014 | Updated 16:21 IST
Google Inc Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt
Google Inc Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt. PHOTO: Reuters

Google Inc Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has expressed confidence that Lenovo Inc would gain approval from US regulators to buy Google's Motorola smart-phone hardware business, in what would be China's biggest technology acquisition to date.

Lenovo said last week it would acquire the Motorola handset business, along with some 2,000 patents, for $2.91 billion. That came days after an announcement the company would purchase IBM's low-end server unit for $2.3 billion.

The deals will be reviewed by Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to ensure they do not threaten national security.

Schmidt said he saw "a good chance" of the deal passing muster with CFIUS, which monitors acquisitions by overseas corporations.

Speaking at a dinner organised by the Cato Institute think tank, Schmidt said Lenovo's experience buying IBM's ailing personal computer division in 2005 would stand it in good stead as it seeks the green light to acquire the Motorola business.

"There's a good chance of it being OK," Schmidt said, adding, "We would not have done the transaction if we thought it would be in trouble."

(Reuters)

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