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Comment: Collapse of Applied Materials-Kokusai tie-up highlights China-based merger risks

By Sachiko Sakamaki and Yonnex Li
  • 13 Apr 2021 23:05
  • 14 Apr 2021 01:56
US semiconductor equipment maker Applied Materials’ recent decision to shelve plans to acquire Japanese peer Kokusai Electric was yet another reminder that a Chinese antitrust review can be enough to bring a deal undone — especially when semiconductor-related items are involved.

The fact that the $3.5 billion deal received unconditional clearance

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