LVMH Breaks Off Tiffany Merger

French luxury items business LVMH is terminating its merger agreement with U.S. jeweler Tiffany & Co., citing trade tensions concerning the two nations around the world.

LVMH finance chief Jean Jacques Guiony stated the business been given a letter from the French foreign ministry inquiring it to delay closing of the offer right up until immediately after January six, 2021 due to the threat of U.S. tariffs.

Guiony stated the letter from the foreign ministry was unsolicited and came as a surprise.

“The offer can not transpire. We are prohibited from closing the offer,” he stated. He also identified as Tiffany’s efficiency in modern months, “lackluster.”

LVMH signed a $16 billion merger agreement with Tiffany past calendar year that identified as for a closing deadline of November twenty. Tiffany later asked for that day be extended to December 31.

Tiffany, in a lawsuit submitted in Delaware to continue to keep

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