Jan 19, 2018

SoftBank's Uber deal still faces regulatory review

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SoftBank yesterday announced that its $9.3 billion investment in Uber has closed, except that's not entirely true.

Bottom line: Yes, checks have been sent and corporate governance changes implemented. But multiple sources tell Axios that the deal actually remains subject to a CFIUS review, and that SoftBank will not exercise its board voting rights until that process is closer to completion.

SoftBank didn't necessarily need to submit a CFIUS application, given that this is a minority position. For example, Tencent didn't file last year when it acquired a 12% stake in Snapchat. But the thinking was that SoftBank expects to remain very active in U.S. deal-making, so it's prudent to keep regulators close.

  • The odds of this flying through CFIUS are extremely high and, if it does get pushback, SoftBank likely could work out some sort of mitigation agreement...
  • BUT: In theory, SoftBank could be out over $8 billion with no legal recourse. For example, Travis Kalanick yesterday deposited over $1 billion into his bank account. There is no clawback provision on it.

It also is worth noting that SoftBank Vision Fund's Rajeev Misra already made a bit of mischief, telling the FT that Uber should consider exiting markets outside of its US/Europe/LatAm core. In other words, Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

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World coronavirus updates: Confirmed cases top 1.2 million

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens and confirmed plus presumptive cases from the CDC

The number of novel coronavirus cases surpassed 1.2 million worldwide Saturday night, as Spain overtook Italy as the country with the most infections outside the U.S.

The big picture: About half the planet's population is now on lockdown and the global death toll was nearing 64,800, by Sunday morning, per Johns Hopkins data.

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U.S. coronavirus updates: Death toll surpasses 8,500

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Recorded deaths from the novel coronavirus surpassed 8,500 in the U.S. early Sunday, per Johns Hopkins data. The death toll in the U.S. has risen over 1,000 every day for the past four days, since April 1.

The big picture: President Trump said Saturday America's is facing its "toughest" time "between this week and next week." Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said U.S. deaths are expected to continue to rise during this period.

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