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  • A change in fortunes

    As US regulators intensify their scrutiny of tech deals, it's worth remembering that the decisions made by these appointed officials can dramatically alter the fortunes of the companies that find their exits blocked. We mean that literally, in the dollars-and-cents definition of 'fortunes.' We were thinking of trust-busting earlier this week when UK-based Paddy Power Betfair announced that it was reaching across the Atlantic for fantasy sports website FanDuel.

  • Voice of the Service Provider: Infrastructure Evolution 2018 - Quarterly Advisory Report

    Service providers are more important to hardware, software and services vendors now that enterprises are moving away from on-premises workloads. In our first Voice of the Service Provider Quarterly Advisory Report, we quantify provider business drivers for legacy server, storage, networking hardware and software platform migration to software-defined and emerging technologies.

  • Overreaching officials

    A week after Broadcom blasted Qualcomm for its half-hearted M&A negotiations, calling them 'engagement theater,' the proposed deal has moved venues. It is now playing out in the theater of the absurd. A little-known group of unelected Washington DC regulators, who decide according to unknown criteria and enjoy essentially unchecked power, will now determine the fate of the technology industry's largest transaction. Market events, like M&A, shouldn't be decided that way.

  • A sweetened bid to sour a deal

    Just two weeks after Broadcom put forward its 'best and final' bid for Qualcomm, the smaller chipmaker has effectively made its 'best and final' effort to escape Broadcom's unsolicited offer. After months of saying it wouldn't increase its original 2016 bid for NXP, Qualcomm relented and bumped up its offer. The move is sort of the inverse of the 'scorched earth' M&A tactic, since Broadcom initially said it wouldn't pursue Qualcomm if the company raised its bid for NXP.

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  • Be mine (or else)

    Rather than a heartfelt romantic plea, the traditional Valentine's Day sentiment of 'Be mine' is beginning to sound distinctly ominous in some tech M&A circles. We write that as Broadcom and Qualcomm sit down together for the first time to discuss the unsolicited offer that might result in the largest-ever tech deal. And on this day celebrating love and romance, there are a few other examples of acrimonious acquisitions that directly go against today's holiday.

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