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T-Mobile/Sprint merger moves forward after judge's approval

For many Colorado business owners, mergers and acquisitions can be an important way to expand their enterprise by bringing on former competitors. However, negotiating a successful one can be complex for companies of any size and in any industry. Especially for larger corporations, some mergers may even face official opposition. In New York, officials announced that they were joining Colorado in ending their legal battle to stop the combination of two major wireless companies after a judge approved the agreement. T-Mobile and Sprint, two of the nation's largest mobile phone service providers, are merging in a $40 billion deal.

According to the New York attorney general, it was ending its opposition to the 2018 merger agreement, which will create one combined company from the third- and fourth-largest mobile phone service providers in the country. She said that the state planned to work with the companies to protect the access of residents to affordable and reliable mobile service. The merger was approved in federal court in February 2020 after several states sought to block the agreement.

The states had challenged the merger on antitrust grounds, arguing that the companies would deprive consumers of much-needed competition. Colorado ended its own challenge in October 2019 after reaching an agreement that the companies would create 2,000 jobs in Colorado and lead implementation of 5G mobile phone service in the state. The New York attorney general also announced that the state was looking forward to increasing the number of well-paying jobs with the company.

Even when state-level opposition is not an issue, there are a number of serious concerns for business owners pursuing mergers or acquisitions. A business law attorney may help companies to negotiate a successful agreement and to move forward.

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