Quentin Webb is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist, covering mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and private equity. He is based in London. Before becoming a columnist, he was a news reporter for Reuters, where he was most recently European M&A correspondent. He has also worked as a correspondent in Brussels and as a credit-markets reporter. He joined Reuters in 2003 from Legalease, a legal publisher. He has a first-class degree in psychology from University College London. Follow Quentin on Twitter @qtwebb
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The French media group is the object of a transatlantic clash between U.S. investor Peter Schoenfeld and group chairman Vincent Bollore. Vivendi could indeed be more shareholder-friendly. But Schoenfeld may struggle to win large institutional support in Paris.
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