Pershing Square Tontine Holdings Ltd. (PSTH) has informed Vivendi that it intends to assign its rights and obligations to acquire 10% of the share capital of Universal Music Group (UMG) under the agreements announced on June 20, 2021 to investment funds with significant economic interests or management positions held by Mr. William Ackman. Vivendi has decided to approve such request.
The condition regarding the exercise by PSTH shareholders of their redemption rights is no longer applicable to the amended transaction, which will only be contingent on the approval of US regulatory authorizations.
The equity interest eventually acquired in UMG will now be comprised between 5 and 10%. If it were less than 10%, Vivendi still intends to sell the shortfall to other investors before the distribution of 60% of the share capital of UMG to the shareholders of Vivendi scheduled to occur on September 21, 2021.
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