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UK Watchdog Approves AMD’s Xilinx Acquisition

 |  June 29, 2021

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced its approval of AMD’s plan to acquire Xilinx in an all-stock transaction worth roughly US$35 billion.

The CMA didn’t offer many details about its decision at time of writing. “The CMA has cleared the anticipated acquisition by Advanced Micro Devices of Xilinx, Inc.,” it stated in an update on Tuesday, June 29. “The full text of the decision will be available shortly.”

AMD announced its plans to acquire Xilinx in October 2020. The deal would give AMD shareholders a 74% stake in the combined company; Xilinx shareholders would own the other 26%. Both companies’ boards of directors unanimously approved the deal.

The companies then announced in April that their shareholders “overwhelmingly” approved of the deal, and AMD stated it expected regulators to clear the acquisition by the end of the year. The CMA’s decision brings that expectation closer to reality.

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