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Insight 10 | The $4.1 Billion Lithium Deal That is Flying Under the Radar of U.S. Regulators

 

On May 17, 2018, a $4.1 billion cross-border deal was announced that may impact significantly the technology industry, but the deal has mostly flown under the radar in the United States. What is at stake is the future of lithium, which is critical for the batteries that power our portable electronic devices and electric vehicles, grid storage devices and other applications.

Lithium supply security has become a top priority for technology companies in the United States and Asia. Yet in recent years China has come to dominate the lithium-ion industry, and this transaction represents another strategic step by China towards dominating this market.

The proposed transaction could lead to a new (or stronger) oligopoly in the global lithium market, in breach of several antitrust regulations, in addition to posing strategic and national security concerns for the United States.

You can read the full article at the following link: The $4.1 Billion Lithium Deal That is Flying Under the Radar of U.S. Regulators.

Author: Evan M. Epstein
Founder & Managing Partner
Pacifica Global Corporate Governance


Keywords: #Lithium, #Corporate Governance, #Antitrust, #Technology, #Electric Vehicles, #Chile.

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