French media group Vivendi (VIV.PA), with cash to spend after selling a chunk of its business, has no plans to bid for smaller rival Lagardere (LAGA.PA).
Global stocks remained upbeat on Wednesday as a $70 billion mega-deal in the European oil and gas sector stoked the merger and acquisition fever that has gripped investors this week.
European shares clung to seven-year highs on Monday, lifted by merger activity in the telecoms sector, while Asian stocks edged up after China cut interest rates at the weekend.
Billionaire Patrick Drahi is aiming to buy Vivendi's 20 percent stake in Numericable-SFR (NUME.PA) to strengthen his grip on France's No.2 telecoms group and prepare for a possible next round of industry consolidation.
Billionaire Patrick Drahi's cable and telecoms company Altice SA is looking to acquire the Portuguese assets of Brazilian carrier Oi SA, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.
French media group Vivendi has finalised an agreement to sell its Brazilian broadband business GVT to Spain's Telefonica for cash and shares worth around 7.2 billion euros ($9.29 billion), the companies announced on Friday.
French media company Vivendi (VIV.PA) picked Telefonica (TEF.MC) for exclusive talks over the sale of its Brazilian broadband unit GVT, spurning a rival bid from Telecom Italia (TLIT.MI).
The battle over Brazil's telecoms market intensified on Thursday as European competitors Telecom Italia and Telefonica made rival offers for Vivendi's Brazilian broadband business GVT.
Vivendi, a French mass media company, said it would acquire USD2.7 billion of its U.S. dollar-denominated debt after it received payment for its stake sale in Activision Blizzard.
Vivendi Chairman Jean-Rene Fourtou told Le Monde, a newspaper, that he would be retiring after the company had split into two separate units.
The new deadline is now at October 31 for the acquisition of Vivendi's shareholdings in Maroc Telecom by Etisalat.
The exclusive discussion for Etisalat’s proposal to acquire Vivendi’s stake in Maroc Telecom had been extended up to October 31.
France and the European Union are conducting inquiries as to the tactics employed by Apple that would violate antitrust regulations.
French billionaire Vincent Bollore is Vivendi's largest shareholder and is not seeking a paying position in the French conglomerate.
After a disappointing recommendation for the next Vivendi CEO, Vincent Bollore throws hat into the ring for the position.