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    1. May 10, 2015

      Activist shareholders lead new French revolution of pay excess

      Three years after the UK’s “shareholder spring” inspired a rash of investor protests against excessive executive pay, the...

    2. April 30, 2015

      HK investor in backlash over Dailymotion intervention

      A Hong Kong investor who was in talks to buy a stake in French online video start-up Dailymotion has lashed out at the...

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    1. April 22, 2015

      Beware state schemes to boost long-term share ownership

      As part of his electoral goody bag, David Cameron, the UK prime minister, has promised to give small investors the chance to...

    2. April 17, 2015

      Vivendi’s Bolloré gets backing for double voting rights

      Vincent Bolloré has secured double voting rights at Vivendi, tightening his grip on the content and media group eyeing more...

    3. April 16, 2015

      French companies fight back against Florange double-vote law

      Some of France’s largest companies are preparing a rebellion to counteract a law passed by the country’s socialist...

    4. April 15, 2015

      Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia: a very un-French deal

      This deal seems very un-French — suspiciously so, if you are a Nokia shareholder. A socialist government in Paris, fresh...

    5. April 10, 2015

      Week in Review, April 11

      A round up of some of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories. Capital rules to inflame next crisis,...

    6. April 8, 2015

      Vivendi reaches deal with rebel shareholder

      Vivendi has reached an agreement with a minority shareholder to increase dividend payments over the next two years, averting...

    7. April 8, 2015

      French companies do not need the ‘Loi Florange’

      In the years since the financial crisis, policy makers have looked hard at the public company to see whether it remains fit...

    8. April 8, 2015

      Vivendi eyes ‘transformational’ deals to become media player

      Vivendi may have taken some criticism from an activist investor recently, but Arnaud de Puyfontaine, chief executive of the...

    9. April 7, 2015

      Vivendi enters exclusive talks to buy Dailymotion

      Vivendi has entered exclusive talks with Orange to buy 80 per cent of the French telecom operator’s Dailymotion...

    10. April 6, 2015

      Vivendi offers to buy majority stake in Dailymotion from Orange

      Vivendi has confirmed that it has made an offer to buy the video sharing site Dailymotion from Orange, the telecoms group....

    11. April 2, 2015

      Vincent Bolloré tightens Vivendi grip with further share purchase

      French industrialist Vincent Bolloré has increased his stake in Vivendi, tightening his grip on the media and content group...

    12. March 30, 2015

      PSAM questions governance in battle with Vincent Bolloré’s Vivendi

      P. Schoenfeld Asset Management (PSAM) has raised the alarm over corporate governance at Vivendi, arguing that de facto...

    13. March 29, 2015

      Vivendi clash shows it’s time to change the music and take a risk

      The dispute between the activist fund manager Peter Schoenfeld and Vivendi is not just a row about money and whether it...

    14. March 27, 2015

      Vivendi warns activist investor it could fall foul of French law

      Vivendi has written a letter to the US hedge fund and minority shareholder that has challenged its strategy, warning that it...

    15. March 26, 2015

      Vincent Bolloré increases stake in Vivendi to 10.2%

      French billionaire Vincent Bolloré has increased his stake in Vivendi, tightening his grip on the Paris-based media and...

    16. March 25, 2015

      Trio of deals show danger of power-wielding investors

      Many companies across Europe are effectively run by their largest shareholders. A trio of deals under discussion clearly...

    17. March 24, 2015

      Universal music: stream of consciousness

      The annoying thing about the future is that it will not sit still. Five years ago the future of music was firmly in Apple’s...

    18. March 24, 2015

      Vivendi investors twist and shout over payouts

      Over the years, Peter Schoenfeld has avoided the sort of aggressive, school-bully image that accompanies so many of his US...

    19. March 23, 2015

      Vivendi urged to spin off Universal Music

      The activist investor pushing for a break-up of Vivendi wants the French media group to spin off its Universal Music Group...

    20. March 23, 2015

      Vivendi: other people’s money

      Money is not, as the apostle Paul wrote in a sharply worded note to his stock broker in Ephesus, the root of all kinds of...

    21. March 23, 2015

      Wall St’s quiet professor Peter Schoenfeld seeks Vivendi shake-up

      Once dubbed Wall Street’s “quiet professor of merger arbitrage”, Peter Schoenfeld is now preparing to create a little noise....

    22. March 23, 2015

      Vivendi hits back at investor P Schoenfeld Asset Management

      Vivendi has hit back at US investor P Schoenfeld Asset Management, insisting that its dividend policy is “well balanced” and...

    23. March 22, 2015

      Bolloré faces activist challenge at Vivendi

      Vincent Bolloré, the French financier who chairs Vivendi, is facing a challenge to his strategy for the media giant from a...

    24. March 17, 2015

      Vivendi chief dismisses claims of Universal Music sale

      Vivendi chief executive Arnaud de Puyfontaine has scotched reports that the French media group could sell its music...

    25. March 2, 2015

      Investors send Vivendi share price tumbling after Altice deal

      Vivendi shares suffered their biggest one-day fall in more than three years on Monday as investors reacted to the group’s...

    26. February 27, 2015

      Vivendi exits telecoms in €3.9bn deal

      Vivendi has said it will accept an offer from Franco-Israeli billionaire Patrick Drahi to buy its remaining 20 per cent...

    27. February 18, 2015

      Drahi offers to buy €3.9bn Vivendi stake in Numericable-SFR

      Patrick Drahi has offered to buy Vivendi’s 20 per cent stake in Numericable-SFR for €3.9bn in a deal that would tighten the...

    28. January 5, 2015

      Universal Music and Havas form partnership to mine consumer data

      Vivendi’s Universal Music Group and advertising group Havas have joined forces in the hope of boosting revenue from artists...

    29. November 22, 2014

      Telecom Italia to assess possible merger of Brazil unit with Oi

      The board of Telecom Italia has given the go ahead to management to look at the possibility of merging its Brazilian...

    30. October 29, 2014

      European telecoms: hold the line please

      Four is an unlucky number in China; it sounds like death. Three though sounds like life. That superstition should also apply...

    31. October 17, 2014

      Vincent Bolloré seeks majority control of Havas

      French billionaire Vincent Bolloré plans to launch a share-exchange offer to gain majority control of advertising group...

    32. October 15, 2014

      French government ousts Proglio at EDF

      France’s socialist government is to oust Henri Proglio as chief executive of EDF, replacing him with Jean-Bernard Lévy, the...

    33. September 19, 2014

      Vivendi inks deal to sell GVT to Telefónica

      Vivendi said that it has agreed sell its Brazilian telecoms business to Madrid-based Telefónica in a deal that marks the...

    34. September 14, 2014

      France broadcasters braced for Netflix debut

      Rodolphe Belmer is not taking Netflix’s debut in France lightly. As managing director of Canal Plus, the pay-television arm...

    35. August 31, 2014

      Yannick Bolloré: a buccaneer’s son at the helm of Havas

      The world according to Yannick Bolloré consists of two types of people: those who, faced with change, hunker down and try to...

    36. August 29, 2014

      Week in Review, August 30

      A round up of some of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories. Burger King’s Canada deal reignites tax...

    37. August 28, 2014

      Telefónica takes lead in Brazil with €7.5bn Vivendi deal

      Spain’s Telefónica has stormed ahead in the battle for Brazil’s telecoms market, convincing Vivendi to choose its €7.45bn...

    38. August 14, 2014

      Telecom Italia considers merging Brazilian unit with GVT

      Telecom Italia has confirmed it is considering whether to submit plans to merge its Brazilian business with the...

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