Broadcom pitches to make the U.S. the global leader in 5G for Qualcomm

March 08, 2018 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
In its latest attempt to acquire Qualcomm, Broadcom has initiated a series of pledges that it claims will make the USA as global leader in 5G technology.

Directly related to its offer to acquire Qualcomm Incorporated, Broadcom Broadcom will create a new $1.5 billion fund with a focus on innovation to train and educate the next generation of engineers in the U.S.

Broadcom is claiming that it is basically an American company, saying that it is in the final stages of redomiciling to the United States – a process will be complete no later than May 6, 2018.  If the acquisition of Qualcomm is completed, Broadcom expects to have more than 25,000 employees in the U.S.

This follows the secret filing by Qualcomm with the CFIUS (Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S.) to initiate an investigation, resulting in a delay of Qualcomm's annual meeting where shareholders were to vote for new directors to the board. It is also an attempt to get the government with a protectionist agenda on its side to prevent the takeover.

According to Broadcom this was a blatant, desperate act by Qualcomm to entrench its incumbent board of directors and prevent its own stockholders from voting for Broadcom's independent director nominees.

The SEC has cleared Broadcom's preliminary proxy statement, and Broadcom continues to expect to receive all requisite approvals to complete the process by the end of its fiscal second quarter ending May 6, 2018. Broadcom continues to pursue the redomiciliation process as expeditiously as possible. Upon completion of the redomiciliation, Broadcom's proposed acquisition of Qualcomm will not be a CFIUS covered transaction.

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