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Introduction

Vivendi is looking to sell a big slice of UMG to the highest bidder, at a time when streaming is making the music business a very attractive proposition indeed.

Highlights

  • There is much speculation regarding possible acquirers, with both private-equity firms and media corporations thought to be in the frame.

Features and Benefits

  • Details the latest developments in the sale of a 50% stake in UMG by parent company Vivendi.
  • Examines who the likely suitors will be.

Key questions answered

  • Why is Vivendi selling a 50% stake in UMG?
  • Which companies are in the frame to buy the available stake?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Buying into the world's biggest recorded-music company
  • Cashing in when the going is good
  • Managing the sale with minimum disruption

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