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Club Med deal put on hold

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Axa Private Equity and Chinese conglomerate Fosun have been dealt a blow after their takeover bid for Club Mediterranée has been delayed by an appeals court.

The bid for the package holiday company, which values it at €557m, was announced in May, and was supported by the management team, who intend to use the financing to reposition the business and expand into new markets.  

However, a court in Paris has set 27 February as the date for hearing the complaints of two minority shareholder groups. CIAM, a French merger arbitrage fund, and minority shareholders’ association Adam objected to the offer price of €17.50 a share.

Julien Visconti, a lawyer representing CIAM, has argued that the deal allegedly raises conflicts of interest as experts hired to advise on the takeover were not independent. In addition, Visconti also says there is a lack of information on the benefits received by management. CIAM held a one per cent stake in the business when the appeal was made. 

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