Bain buys 3Com for $2.2 billion

Bain teams up with former partner Huawei of China to take 3Com private, in a deal which signals that Asia's LBO market remains open for business.

Private equity firm Bain Capital Partners and ChinaƆs Huawei Technologies will buy network equipment maker 3Com for $2.2 billion. The price translates to $5.30 per 3Com share, a 44% premium to the closing price on the Nasdaq on September 27.

The exact stake which will be held by Huawei, China's largest telecommunications equipment provider, was not disclosed but sources close to the deal say that the firm will own between 10% and 20%.
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