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Tencent In Talks to Form Consortium for Universal Music Group Stake

  • Hillhouse, GIC among investors that Tencent approached
  • Tencent weighing to raise about $1.1 billion in debt for deal
The cowds at Global Gathering festival, Long Marston Airfield, Stoke on Trent, UK. 28/29 July 2006

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Tencent Holdings Ltd. is in talks with potential co-investors for its proposed bid for a minority stake in Universal Music Group from Vivendi SA, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Hillhouse Capital and Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC Pte. are among potential investors that the Chinese tech giant has approached, the people said, asking not to be identified because the matter is private. Tencent plans to lead the consortium for the 10% stake in UMG with a goal to carry out the purchase within the next few months, the people said.