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Hedge Fund Elliott Turns Up Heat on Vivendi Over Telecom Italia

(Reuters) Activist fund Elliott turned up the volume in its war of words with Vivendi over the French media group’s defense of its strategy for Telecom Italia (TIM), only days before a fight for board seats at Italy’s biggest phone group. Elliott, now TIM’s second-largest investor with a 9 percent stake, is pushing for a shake-up of the way Vivendi has been running the Italian phone incumbent. It is seeking to replace six of Vivendi-nominated board members at a shareholder meeting on Tuesday to improve governance, valuation and strategy.

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