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Old 20.07.2016, 09:59
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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still don't get what point you are tying to make phos??

as I see it softbank are investing nothing in the uk, they are buying a plc so the shareholders can be anywhere in the world, they only have 4k staff spread all over the world and they can easily close and move the uk staff (or just fire them all)

they are investing in chip designs and IP that may or may not take over the world in the next few years, nothing more, nothing less
Quite often in technology, IP alone doesn't mean much as it is mostly so short lived anyway, and the machinery of law is often so slow that by the time you have an enforcable ruling, the situation down on the ground will have changed to the point that the ruling is irrelevant.

What is far more important for this type of technology companies is the people they have who understand the products and process. This knowledge is not easy to transfer or replicate, and even if you try, the time lost in doing so can break your market leadership.

It is thus unlikely the new owners will lay off significant numbers of knowledge-relavant staff or attempt to relocate them.
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