WASHINGTON Feb 3 Google Inc Executive
Chairman Eric Schmidt expressed confidence on Monday that Lenovo
Inc would gain approval from U.S. regulators to buy Google's
Motorola smart-phone hardware business in what would be China's
biggest technology acquisition to date.
Schmidt said he saw "a good chance" of the deal passing
muster with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United
States, or CFIUS, which monitors acquisitions by overseas
Speaking at a dinner organized by the Cato Institute think
tank, Schmidt said Lenovo's experience buying IBM's
ailing personal computer division in 2005 would stand it
in good stead as it seeks the green light to acquire the
"There's a good chance of it being OK," Schmidt said,
adding, "We would not have done the transaction if we thought it
would be in trouble."
Lenovo said last week it would acquire the Motorola handset
business, along with some 2,000 patents, for $2.91 billion. That
came days after an announcement the company would purchase IBM's
low-end server unit for $2.3 billion.
The deals will be reviewed by CFIUS to ensure they do not
threaten national security.