Bollore Boosts Stakes In Both Aegis and Havas

  • January 23, 2006
French financier Vincent Bollore's Groupe Bollore has raised its stake in the two advertising services companies it already holds dominant positions in: Paris-based Havas; and London-based Aegis Group. Bollore boosted his position in Havas, the parent of MPG, Arnold Worldwide and other agencies to 25.36 percent from 23.80 percent previously. On Friday, Bollore raised his stake in Aegis, the parent of Carat, to 25.47 percent from 25.05 percent previously. The move followed press statements by Aegis CEO Robert Lerwill ruling out joint venture or combination talks with Havas. -- Joe Mandese
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