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      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...

    2. 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...

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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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....

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. August 7, 2014

      Telecom Italia considers counterbid for Brazil’s GVT

      Telecom Italia is considering counterbidding against Spain’s Telefónica for Brazilian group GVT in a deal that could involve...

    24. August 5, 2014

      Telefónica / Vivendi: curiouser and curiouser

      It is not until the third paragraph that things start getting strange. Until that point, Telefónica’s offer for GVT, a...

    25. August 5, 2014

      Telefónica offers €6.7bn for Vivendi’s Brazil telecoms business

      Telefónica has offered €6.7bn to acquire Vivendi’s Brazilian fixed-line telecoms operations in a deal that would help...

    26. June 24, 2014

      Vivendi to integrate media operations

      French billionaire Vincent Bolloré has provided the first insight into Vivendi’s new strategy, saying that the group would...

    27. June 20, 2014

      Cash-rich Vivendi abandons the wild years

      For many years, there has been one overriding question hanging over Vivendi, the Paris-based group that started life under...

    28. May 19, 2014

      French court reduces Jean-Marie Messier’s sentence

      A French appeal court has overturned a key part of the conviction and sentence of Jean-Marie Messier, the former chief...

    29. May 4, 2014

      Bouygues weighs options amid signs price war is ending

      As one of the most familiar faces in French corporate business, Martin Bouygues has been around long enough to experience...

    30. May 4, 2014

      SFR deal numbers add up for Numericable

      Only a few months ago, mention of the name Patrick Drahi in France would probably have provoked a chorus of “Who?” The...

    31. April 28, 2014

      Boards ‘prepared to take more risks in hiring women chiefs’

      More than one in three women chief executives were appointed from outside the company where they took the top job, compared...

    32. April 27, 2014

      Thomas Rabe, Bertelsmann CEO: from punk rock to family values

      Europe’s biggest media group has a problem. It is a family-controlled German conglomerate competing in a digital age...

    33. April 11, 2014

      Letter from Lex: unconventional wisdom

      Readers, A series of efforts to overturn accepted thinking were under way this week. Top of the list was the Greek...

    34. April 8, 2014

      Universal buys music DVD maker Eagle Rock

      Universal Music Group has acquired Eagle Rock Entertainment, the UK-based producer and distributor of music programming...

    35. April 7, 2014

      Altice claims victory in bid war for Vivendi unit SFR

      Patrick Drahi, the Moroccan-born founder of cable group Altice, said on Monday that his group had not only won the bidding...

    36. April 7, 2014

      French Telecoms: after the battle

      To the victor, the debt. Numericable has beaten rival Bouygues to the acquisition of SFR, France’s number two mobile...

    37. April 5, 2014

      Altice to buy France’s SFR in €17bn deal

      European cable group Altice has emerged victorious in its battle with Bouygues to buy France’s second-biggest telecom...

    38. April 4, 2014

      Bouygues sweetens offer for SFR

      Bouygues has made a last-ditch attempt to scupper Altice’s efforts to buy Vivendi’s French phone unit SFR, with the...

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