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Watchdogs could change Vivendi’s EMI tune

March 23, 2012

The French group’s Universal music arm feels so good about its chances of success that it agreed to pay the full $1.9 bln price even if trustbusters block the deal. But it’s actually a third possibility - being forced to sell pieces - that could be the costliest for Universal.

Vivendi may be out of pocket on EMI by salving EU

July 30, 2012

The French group’s Universal Music arm could sell over a quarter of its British target’s business to appease European trustbusters. Yet Vivendi still must pay 90 pct of the $1.9 bln purchase price. Lost profit and synergies could cost it much more than if the EU nixed the deal.