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Argentina Rejects Fintech's Bid to Buy Telecom Italia Unit

  • Regulators rejected deal in unanimous decision by board
  • Telecom Italia says it has `wide time margin, guarantees'
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Argentine regulators rejected a bid by Mexican financier David Martinez to buy a controlling stake in Telecom Argentina SA from Telecom Italia SpA, arguing that his Fintech Group isn’t qualified to run a telecommunications business in the South American nation.

The Aftic regulator unanimously rejected the proposal for Fintech to buy a 68 percent holding in Sofora Telecomunicaciones, the company Telecom Italia uses to control Telecom Argentina. Fintech, an investment fund, couldn’t guarantee the normal functioning of a telecommunications company, according to the regulator.