Softbank’s ARM bid may spur M&A ideas

Softbank has made a $31.6 billion offer for British semiconductor designer ARM. It is the Japanese firm’s biggest acquisition attempt yet but looks unlikely to be its last.

Softbank’s ARM bid may spur M&A ideas

Masayoshi Son, chairman and chief executive of SoftBank, is clearly fond of making deals.

SoftBank bought Vodafone’s Japanese operation for around $17 billion in 2006 and gobbled up US wireless internet provider Sprint Corp for more than $20 billion three years ago. And since 2014 it has closed a further eight acquisitions totaling more than $10 billion, data from Dealogic shows.

But Son’s latest acquisition attempt is his biggest yet...

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