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Game over for Broadcom or will international ripples turn the tide?

The dramatic saga of what would have been the world’s most expensive technology merger has been stopped in its tracks by President Trump, issuing an order to block Broadcom’s $117 billion takeover of Qualcomm on the grounds of national security. The industry cannot claim this was unexpected, as the race to 5G gold, and more specifically doing anything in its power to trip up China from claiming these treasures first, is not exactly a national US secret. Yet such rapid intervention, only days after the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS), has knocked the wind out of the tech industry. While many were solely focused on this deal, President Trump is perhaps firing the first shots in a…

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