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European Union, South Korea Clear Qualcomm to Buy NXP

Qualcomm Inc.’s bid to acquire NXP Semiconductors N.V. cleared a significant hurdle Jan. 18, when the European Commission announced its approval, subject to conditions. The Korea Fair Trade Commission also gave its approval, Qualcomm said in a statement. With that, Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM) has eight of nine regulatory approvals it …

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Banking royal commission: what it means for you

Your financial planning “The commission is probably the best thing ever that has happened to Australian financial services for the benefit of the public,” says Daniel Brammall, co-director of Brocktons Independent Advisory and president of the Independent Financial Advisers Association of Australia. “This is the value of independence – you …

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The European Union struggles to extract more from tech firms

THERE IS, SAYS Bruno Le Maire, France’s finance minister, a need for “European sovereignty in the face of digital giants, which are now as powerful as sovereign states”. The issue is tax—or rather a lack of it. The most creative corporate tax minimisers are big, mostly American, technology firms. Countries …

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