Avaya-Nortel Acquisition Gets OK - InformationWeek
10:22 AM
[Dark Reading Crash Course] Finding & Fixing Application Security Vulnerabilitie
Sep 14, 2017
Hear from a top applications security expert as he discusses key practices for scanning and securi ...Read More>>

Avaya-Nortel Acquisition Gets OK

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).

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To 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.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
Digital Transformation Myths & Truths
Transformation is on every IT organization's to-do list, but effectively transforming IT means a major shift in technology as well as business models and culture. In this IT Trend Report, we examine some of the misconceptions of digital transformation and look at steps you can take to succeed technically and culturally.
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll