US GOVT TO PROBE ZOOM'S $14.7B FIVE9 DEAL FOR NATSEC RISKS
AppleMagazine|September 24, 2021
A U.S. government committee that reviews foreign investment in telecom is probing video conferencing company Zoom’s $14.7 billion deal for cloud call center company Five9.

In an August filing with the Federal Communications Commission, the Justice Department, which chairs the committee, said it would review the deal “to determine whether this application poses a risk to the national security or law enforcement interests of the United States.” The Justice Department “believes that such risk may be raised by the foreign participation (including the foreign relationships and ownership) associated with the application.” The Wall Street Journal first reported the probe.

The Justice Department did not say in its filing what the foreign ties of concern were and spokesperson Wyn Hornbuckle declined to answer questions.

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