Google’s US$5.4 billion (A$7.8 billion) buyout of cyber safety agency Mandiant will likely be reviewed by Australia’s competitors watchdog.
In an accompanying letter to the market, the ACCC sought public touch upon the buyout and on any aggressive points it may create within the cloud, cyber safety software program and consultancy markets.
In explicit, the ACCC is searching for views on whether or not the acquisition may “affect competitors in markets for the provision of ‘cloud providers’ through which Google is an lively competitor although its Google Cloud model”; and whether or not it may affect different markets the place Google additionally has business pursuits.
Submissions to the ACCC course of shut on July 18.
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has additionally opened an inquiry into the proposed deal.
In a local weather of antitrust inquiries actions in opposition to hyperscale operators, the deal had been anticipated to receive close attention from regulators.
Google is probably going hoping that bringing Mandiant into the fold will beef up its cyber safety credentials within the cloud market, which it could possibly use to realize market share in opposition to AWS and Microsoft Azure.