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Not everyone's happy with Activision Blizzard's Vivendi split
Not everyone's happy with Activision Blizzard's Vivendi split
August 5, 2013 | By Kris Ligman

August 5, 2013 | By Kris Ligman
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With Activision Blizzard buying its majority stake back from media conglomerate Vivendi, a lawsuit has emerged contending that the deal was drawn up not to benefit Activision, but its board of directors.

Activision Blizzard announced two weeks ago that it was buying back $5.83 billion in shares from majority shareholder Vivendi, with another $2.34 billion being purchased in a private sale by the investor group, which is led by Activision CEO Bobby Kotick and co-chair Brian Kelly.

In conjunction with the announcement, Kotick stated that the purchase would "represent a tremendous opportunity for Activision Blizzard and all of its shareholders" [PDF].

However, shareholder Todd Miller contends otherwise. In his July 26th filing with the Los Angeles superior court, Miller contends that "there [is] no apparent business purpose" to involving the insider investor group to participate in the reacquisition of company shares, "other than to aggrandize [the defendants] and provide billions of dollars' worth of Activision stock to the insider investor group at a discounted price."

The 11-person board of directors -- which in addition to Kotick and Kelly contains several other former Vivendi executives -- stands to "score an immediate paper windfall of $664 million," according to the lawsuit.

The suit further asks the court to rescind the purchase agreement, as well as to order Activision to implement checks against "future one-sided self-dealing."


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