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    1. Fast FT

      June 17, 2016

      Vivendi boosts stake in game maker Ubisoft

      Vivendi has raised its stake in French video games maker Ubisoft above 20 per cent, putting further pressure on the...

    2. June 9, 2016

      Vivendi’s sports rights deal blocked by French regulator

      Vivendi’s plan to restore the fortunes of its pay-TV business Canal Plus has been dealt a hefty blow by a French...

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    1. June 2, 2016

      Vivendi: Bolloré’s master plan

      Vincent Bolloré thinks Vivendi’s time has come. The French industrialist, entrepreneur and sometime corporate raider...

    2. Tech blog

      May 24, 2016

      #techFT - Vivendi's video game rewind

      Vivendi is looking to call the shots at Ubisoft, the French authorities have raided Google in Paris, Spotify’s revenues...

    3. May 23, 2016

      Ubisoft builds defences to fight off Vivendi

      It is winter in New York and a deadly virus has ravaged the population, turning Manhattan into a lawless zone of...

    4. Fast FT

      May 19, 2016

      Euro bond market still humming

      It is yet another busy day in the European credit markets as the wave of supply unleashed by the European Central...

    5. May 16, 2016

      Sky: playing keepy uppy

      Some UK companies have doubts about whether Britain should remain in Europe. Sky is not one of them. The media and...

    6. Fast FT

      May 16, 2016

      Corriere della Sera owner at centre of takeover battle

      A takeover battle has broken out for Italy’s RCS Mediagroup, owner national newspaper of record Corriere della Sera. A...

    7. May 13, 2016

      Bolloré: deactivated

      Activist investing means never having to say you’re sorry. This type of shareholder aims to twist out profit by...

    8. May 11, 2016

      Vincent Bolloré appoints son to Vivendi board

      Vincent Bolloré has appointed his son to the board of Vivendi, in a move that tightens the French billionaire’s grip on...

    9. May 10, 2016

      Vivendi to put savings ahead of glamour at Cannes Film Festival

      French television audiences will have a less glitzy view of the Cannes Film Festival this year as Canal Plus cuts the...

    10. April 29, 2016

      Console games makers defy predictions of doom

      When Microsoft launched the Xbox 360 gaming console in 2005, Nokia controlled almost a third of the mobile phone market...

    11. April 27, 2016

      Conforama sets limit on Darty offer handing victory to rival Fnac

      French furniture group Conforama has thrown in the towel in its quest to buy white-goods retailer Darty, saying it...

    12. April 26, 2016

      Fnac secures ‘majority support’ in pursuit of Darty

      French group Fnac appears to have passed a critical threshold in its pursuit of Darty after gaining control over more...

    13. April 21, 2016

      Sales rise at Sky despite higher customer churn

      Sky reported that an increasing proportion of its customers had cancelled their subscriptions in the last quarter after...

    14. April 17, 2016

      Week Ahead Corporate Diary: April 18 - April 22 Microsoft and Google set to report

      Diary commentary from FT reporters; data and company announcements, unless otherwise stated, from Thomson Reuters....

    15. April 13, 2016

      Vivendi: general mischief

      Napoleon thought a lot of Italy, where he scored his first major military victories. He later titled himself “Emperor...

    16. April 13, 2016

      Investors suffer in the Vincent Bolloré game of thrones

      Owning less than 1 per cent of a company does not normally entitle an investor to take control of its destiny but...

    17. April 12, 2016

      French media investors band together to buy content

      Three of France’s biggest media investors have launched a new company on the Paris stock exchange as they seek to make...

    18. April 12, 2016

      Vivendi to buy 15% Fnac stake

      Shares in French retailer Fnac surged 6 per cent on Tuesday after Vivendi, the cash-rich media group chaired by Vincent...

    19. Fast FT

      April 12, 2016

      Vivendi snaps up stake in retailer Fnac

      Vivendi, the media group chaired by Vincent Bolloré, has agreed to buy a 15 per cent stake in French retailer Fnac, as...

    20. April 10, 2016

      Vivendi-Mediaset tie-up to fuel European deals

      Vincent Bolloré’s deal to take a stake in the TV group of Italian media mogul and former prime minister Silvio...

    21. April 8, 2016

      Vivendi buys stake in Mediaset and takes control of pay-TV unit

      Vivendi is to take a 3.5 per cent stake in Italy’s Mediaset and full control of the Italian broadcaster’s...

    22. March 25, 2016

      Week in Review, March 26

      A round-up of some of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories. Telecom Italia ousting raising...

    23. March 22, 2016

      Italians kept guessing over Vincent Bolloré’s motives

      For the best part of a year, French industrialist Vincent Bolloré and his Vivendi group have been focused on Telecom...

    24. March 21, 2016

      Telecom Italia/Vivendi: bad connection

      Marco Patuano has had enough of Vincent Bolloré. Mr Patuano is, or was, the chief executive of Telecom Italia. His...

    25. Fast FT

      March 21, 2016

      Berlusconi confirms talks with Vivendi

      Further twists in the tale amid a shake-up in Italian telecoms and media. Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s former prime...

    26. March 21, 2016

      Telecom Italia chief executive Patuano resigns

      Telecom Italia chief executive Marco Patuano has resigned following a boardroom fallout with its largest investor...

    27. March 20, 2016

      Telecom Italia’s Patuano to quit after Bolloré tussle

      Marco Patuano, chief executive of Telecom Italia, is set to quit after a bust-up with Vincent Bolloré allowing the...

    28. March 18, 2016

      New Generali boss sticks to Greco script

      Generali’s new chief executive has pledged to stick with the strategy laid out by his predecessor, to improve cash flow...

    29. Fast FT

      March 10, 2016

      Generali to pick French exec Donnet as CEO

      Generali, Italy’s largest insurer, will name Philippe Donnet chief executive, replacing Mario Greco who left in January...

    30. Fast FT

      March 9, 2016

      Lagardère confirms exit of longstanding CFO

      Lagardère said that its long-serving finance director would be leaving the group in a move that raises questions about...

    31. March 8, 2016

      Lagardère to lose CFO stalwart

      The chief financial officer of French media group Lagardère is to leave, raising questions about whether it will remain...

    32. February 29, 2016

      Gameloft rejects Vivendi takeover bid

      Vivendi has raised its offer for Gameloft, setting out its ambitions to devour the French video-game maker just hours...

    33. February 18, 2016

      Vivendi’s Canal Plus in talks to share content with beIN Sports

      Vivendi’s Canal Plus unit has entered into talks with Qatari-owned rival beIN Sports over an exclusive distribution...

    34. Fast FT

      February 18, 2016

      France's Ubisoft sets out plan for independence

      Ubisoft has presented plans to grow substantially over the next three years, as the French video game company attempts...

    35. February 14, 2016

      Yves Guillemot, Ubisoft: assassin’s siege

      On an October afternoon last year, as the flat autumn light was starting to fade over eastern Paris, Yves Guillemot’s...

    36. January 15, 2016

      Vivendi sells stake in gaming company Activision Blizzard

      Vivendi has sold its 5.7 per cent stake in Activision Blizzard for $1.1bn, completing the French media group’s exit...

    37. Fast FT

      January 13, 2016

      Telecom Italia wants to be "the California of Italy"

      So Tim it is then. Telecom Italia, Italy’s dominant phone company, launched a new brand and logo and announced new...

    38. December 30, 2015

      Tech M&A: paved with good intentions

      “This ain’t no technological breakdown,” sang Chris Rea. “Oh no, this is the road to hell.” Tech acquisitions usually...

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