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South Korea: Court rules that Samsung merger is allowed to proceed

 |  July 16, 2015

A South Korean appeals court on Thursday rejected the latest effort by US hedge fund Elliott Associates to block the $8.0 billion merger of two Samsung affiliates.

The ruling by the Seoul High Court clears any final obstacle to the convening of a shareholders’ meeting on Friday which will see a vote on the proposed takeover of construction company Samsung C&T by affiliate Cheil Industries.

Elliott Associates, which is the second largest single shareholder in C&T, opposes the takeover, saying it significantly undervalues the company’s stock.

The dispute is being seen as a landmark challenge to the often opaque and self-serving business practises of the giant, family-run conglomerates, or “chaebol,” that dominate South Korea’s economy.

Full content: The Wall Street Journal

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