U.S. and Canadian regulatory agencies have signed off on the $900 million acquisition of Nortel's enterprise solutions unit.
Avaya's acquisition of Nortel Networks enterprise solutions unit has been sped up by U.S. and Canadian antitrust agencies, which have approved regulatory measures likely to pave the way to final approval of the $900 million acquisition.
In an announcement Wednesday, Avaya said the firm has been granted early termination of the mandatory waiting period normally required under the provisions of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. In addition, Avaya said it had received regulatory clearance from the Canadian Competition Bureau. "The Competition Bureau issued a no action letter, indicating that it does not have grounds to challenge the proposed transaction under the (Canadian) Competition Act," said Avaya.
Avaya added that it expects the acquisition to close in December after additional regulatory reviews are completed.
Bidding to acquire the Nortel unit was heated and Avaya had to increase its bid to about $900 million after Siemens Enterprise Communication and Gores Group teamed up to raise the bidding for the unit, one of the most prized in bankrupt Nortel's surviving businesses. Avaya had started the bidding with a $475 million stalking horse bid and waited as its first offer was topped by the Siemens-Gores group.
The acquisition was hailed by Nortel Networks Users Association and also by many employees of the unit after Avaya agreed to provide an additional pool of $15 million for an employee retention program.
InformationWeek Analytics has published an independent analysis on application delivery. Download the report here (registration required).
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security EnterpriseTo learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
IT Strategies to Conquer the CloudChances are your organization is adopting cloud computing in one way or another -- or in multiple ways. Understanding the skills you need and how cloud affects IT operations and networking will help you adapt.