Status: Clearance

Acquirer: ASML Holding NV (The Netherlands)

Acquired: Hermes Microvision, Inc. (Taiwan)

Value: Approx. NT$100 billion (US$3.1 billion)

Industry: Semiconductors

ASML Holdins NV, a Netherlands company that manufactures “chip-making equipment,” announced on October 26, 2016, that it received all necessary regulatory clearance, including from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), for its acquisition of Taiwanese Hermes Microvision Inc., a supplier of “E-beam Inspection (EBI) tools and solutions for the leading semiconductor manufacturing fabs” according to its website. (ASML Press Release, Form 6-K, Ex-99.1, Oct. 31, 2016, SEC Filing.) Reuters reported that the deal value for the acquisition of the Taiwanese semiconductor company is approximately US$3.1 billion. (See Reuters, ASML to buy Taiwan’s Hermes Microvision for $3.1 billion in chip sector shake-up, June 16, 2016.) ASML announced that it completed the acquisition on November 22, 2016. (See ASML Press Release, SML Completes Acquisition of HMI, Nov. 22, 2016.)