China Is A Wild Card
Approval by antitrust authorities has been a key hurdle for the deal. Dell had approval from U.S., European and other regulators in short order, but the Chinese Ministry of Commerce – the last regulatory body reviewing the deal – is taking its time. Dell applied for Chinese antitrust approval in late February, and in most cases the process is complete within 30 days. It's supposed to be completed in no more than 180 days, but only about 5 percent of applications take that long to approve. Dell execs have said the deal could be finalized within two weeks of Chinese approval.