Vodafone Group and Liberty Global back at negotiating table over possible tie-up options?

17 Mar 2017

Another possible tie-up between Vodafone Group and Liberty Global is being considered, with talks between the two sides said to be underway at the Vodafone headquarters in Newbury, the Register reports, citing ‘multiple sources’. Andrea Salvato, SVP and chief development officer at Liberty Global, is reportedly leading discussions on behalf of Liberty, talks which come just two months after the pair finally completed a merger of their respective Dutch subsidiaries in January. Although a similar deal could be on the cards in the UK, the report cites a ‘very well-placed person’ as saying that Vodafone Group could yet opt to sell its UK operations to Liberty instead, with the latter in turn then selling its German unit to Vodafone Group.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, discussions between Vodafone Group and Liberty Global over the possibility of an exchange or combination of assets were officially confirmed as being underway in June 2015. However, in September that same year it was confirmed that Vodafone Group had called time on talks, with the British telecoms giant at the time announcing simply that ‘discussions with Liberty Global have terminated’, giving no reason for the ending of the negotiations.

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