Hybrid Theories - A Closer Look at the Qualcomm / NXP Decision

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On 26 July 2018, US company Qualcomm Inc announced the abandonment of its proposed acquisition, through its subsidiary Qualcomm River Holding BV (Qualcomm), of Dutch semiconductor company NXP Semiconductors NV (NXP) 20 months after it was first announced in October 2016. The merger would have combined two leading players in the semiconductor sector offering complementary products. The termination of the deal occurred after the transaction had been cleared in eight jurisdictions and while the State Administration for Market Regulation in China (SAMR) was reviewing the transaction. The latter declined to issue a decision by the deal’s termination date.