DOJ, FBI, DHS Clear SoftBank's Acquisition of Sprint
Sprint today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Department of Homeland Security have fully cleared SoftBank's proposed equity acquisition of Sprint. The transaction has also been approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., with the conditions that Sprint allow the government to elect a member of the board (which it did today), allow the government to veto telecommunications equipment purchased, and divest Chinese-made networking gear. The deal has already been greenlighted by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The transaction may now be assessed by the Federal Communications Commission. "As we indicated last week, the national security review of the transaction is completed and there are no unresolved national security issues relating to the transaction," said Vonya B. McCann, senior vice president of Government Affairs at Sprint. "We look forward to the Commission's prompt completion of its public interest review."
AT&T Doesn't See Sprint/T-Mobile Merger Happening
Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T, thinks any proposed merger or acquisition between Sprint and T-Mobile is likely to be shot down by the U.S. government.
Nokia's Alcatel-Lucent Acquisition Clears CFIUS
Nokia today said the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has approved its proposed acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent. CFIUS' approval was the last regulatory hurdle in the US, which has already been approved by the Justice Dept.
Sprint Uninterested In the Uncarrier, Will Abandon Merger
Sprint plans to end its pursuit of T-Mobile. The company and its owner SoftBank have been weighing the idea for nearly a year.
SoftBank Sinks More Money Into Sprint
SoftBank has been snapping up shares of Sprint, increasing its stake recently by as much as $87 million. Despite SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son's misgivings about the overall acquisition of Sprint, SoftBank said it "is enthusiastic about Sprint's prospects.