China Extends Probe Of $12.5B Google-Motorola Deal

Law360, Los Angeles (March 19, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT) -- Chinese antitrust regulators have extended their review of Google Inc.'s $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc., a final obstacle before the blockbuster deal can be completed, the companies said Monday.

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce's Anti-Monopoly Bureau has extended the second phase of its investigation into the pending transaction, Motorola said in a regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division and the European Commission approved Google's proposed acquisition of Motorola and its mobile patent holdings...
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