Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Pershing Said to Seek $1 Billion to Fund Universal Music Bet

  • Ackman’s blank-check firm ended deal after regulators opposed
  • Hedge fund is seeking co-investors via sidecar vehicle
Bill Ackman

Bill Ackman

Photographer: Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg
Updated on

Bill Ackman’s hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management LP is in discussions to raise $1 billion to help fund its bet on Vivendi SE’s Universal Music Group, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

The firm is set to raise the capital, which would supplement $3 billion of its own capital, via a so-called sidecar vehicle, the people said. It would represent Pershing’s seventh co-investment vehicle, and facilitate the purchase of a 10% stake in UMG, one of the people said.