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Google executive chairman expects US approval of Lenovo-Motorola deal

Published on Feb 4, 2014 11:42 AM
An employee answers phone calls at the switchboard of the Google office in Zurich in this file photo from Aug 18, 2009. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Google Inc executive chairman Eric Schmidt expressed confidence on Monday that Lenovo Inc would gain approval from United States (US) regulators to buy Google's Motorola smart-phone hardware business in what would be China's biggest technology acquisition to date.

Mr Schmidt said he saw "a good chance" of the deal passing muster with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US, which monitors acquisitions by overseas corporations.

Speaking at a dinner organised by the Cato Institute think tank, Mr Schmidt said Lenovo's previous experience buying IBM's ailing personal computer division in 2005 would stand it in good stead as it seeks the green light to acquire Motorola for about US$2.91 billion (S$3.7 billion).