Nvidia Makes Early Concessions To Secure EU Approval For Chip Developer Acquisition

A European Commission filing revealed on Wednesday that technology company Nvidia Corp. (NVDA.O) had made early concessions in an attempt to get European Union antitrust approval for its $54 billion acquisition of British chip developer Arm Ltd.

The European Commission has extended the deadline for its decision on the deal till October 27 and did not reveal what concessions Nvidia Corp offered, as per policy.

Whenever an offer to strip off operations or making business changes can dispel the concerns of regulators, the European Union is expected to carry over its review for a minimum of four months. With this time frame in hand, the EU will seek to cut out a deal with Nvidia for more difficult concessions.

The European Union is expected to seek more feedback from rival companies and clients to decide upon whether to okay the concessions or demand more from Nvidia Corp. With long-drawn regulatory reviews looming in the pipeline, Nvidia will mostly likely miss its earlier target date to close the deal in March 2022. It will mostly be extended to September.

Nvidia had announced the deal last year and it had created concerns in the worldwide semiconductor industry that whether following the takeover, the British chip designer could continue as a neutral player licensing intellectual property to clients as well as rivals.

The U.K.'s Competition and Markets Authority had separately asked for an in-depth investigation in August and it did not consider Nvidia's offer enough to maintain Arm's open licensing

Commenting on the developments, Nvidia said in a statement, "We are working through the regulatory process and we look forward to engaging with the European Commission to address any concerns they may have. This transaction will be beneficial to Arm, its licensees, competition, and the industry."

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