Telecom Italia approves KKR’s $20 billion grid bid in blow for Vivendi | Reuters News Agency


Reuters exclusively reported that Telecom Italia (TIM) (TLIT.MI) on Sunday approved the 19-billion-euro ($20 billion) sale of its fixed-line network to U.S. private equity firm KKR (KKR.N), becoming the first telecoms group in a major European country to part ways with its landline grid. 

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To oversee an asset deemed of national strategic importance, Italy’s government has authorised the Treasury to spend up to 2.2 billion euros to take a 20% stake in the network alongside KKR, which is already a minority investor in the grid. The Treasury already controls TIM’s second-largest investor, state lender CDP. 

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Topics of Interest: Deals

Type: Reuters Best

Sectors: Telecommunications

Regions: Europe

Countries: Italy

Win Types: Exclusivity

Story Types: Exclusive / Scoop

Media Types: Text

Customer Impact: Significant National Story

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