Huawei can boost 3Com stake

Chinese vendor Huawei Technologies is a supporting partner in Bain Capital $2.2 billion proposal to acquire 3Com (Huawei would end up owning 16.5% of 3Com if the deal is completed). However, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Huawei has the option to expand its stake in the company to 21.5% and gain up to 11 board seats.

This may raise more flags for people who are opposed to the deal. This includes a group of U.S. legislators who are concerned the deal would give a company closely connected to the Chinese government an ownership stake and board seats in a large U.S. firm, and could be a threat to U.S. national security.

For more:
- MSNBC carries the Financial Times story
- MSNBC also has a Financial Times story on opposition to the deal

Related articles:
- The Bain/Huawei takeover of 3Com was announced late last month 

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