June 8 (Reuters) - Nvidia Corp has submitted an application to Chinese competition regulators to review a $40 billion takeover of UK chip designer Arm, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter.
The application was made in recent weeks and sets in motion a period of scrutiny that could take up to 18 months, according to Chinese antitrust lawyers, the report on.ft.com/3w4hY8j added.
Nvidia said last month it expects to close the Arm acquisition by March 2022, after having struck a deal with Japan’s SoftBank Group in September 2020.
In February, Bloomberg News reported that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission had opened an in-depth probe into Nvidia’s agreement to buy Arm. (Reporting by Nandakumar D and Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Ramakrishnan M.)