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Arm wants distance from troubled China subsidiary amid IPO hopes

U.K. chip designer sheds shares as SoftBank aims to list unit

Arm has struggled to regain control of Arm China, as the subsidiary's head has refused to relinquish power since June 2020.   © EPA/Jiji

British chip design giant Arm Ltd. has transferred its shares in its wayward China joint venture to a special purpose vehicle that it jointly owns with its parent SoftBank Group Corp., in a move that could speed up its plans to go public if it decides to list in the U.S.

Over the past two years, Arm has struggled to regain control of Arm China as the subsidiary's head, Allen Wu, has refused to relinquish power despite a 7-1 board vote in June 2020 to kick him out. The spat has made it difficult for Arm to audit the financials of the company, creating a major stumbling block to an initial public offering in the U.S.

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