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Fujifilm To Sue Xerox For Failed Merger

Japanese-based Fujifilm has announced it intends to sue Xerox “as soon as possible”, claiming its [failed] US$6.1 billion merger contract is still valid.

Fujifilm has reportedly engaged lawyers, with a court date imminent.

Last week Xerox axed its controversial merger deal with Fujifilm, instead giving control to activist investors Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason.

The US printer and copier manufacturer claims Fujifilm failed to provide audited financials in an “acceptable” time frame, impairing its ability to finalise the transaction.

Icahn and Deason reportedly own over a tenth of the ~US$8 billion company.

According to BloombergFujifilm COO, Kenji Sukeno, claims the contract which ties the two companies together “is still valid”.

“We will push for the legality of it. There was a legal contract that everyone agreed on, and after that a few shareholders wanted to put a stop to it,” Sukeno adds.

The original deal sought to merge Xerox with a joint-venture Fujifilm operated entity, giving Fuji majority control.

As previously reported, Xerox’s termination of the Fujifilm deal caused a major leadership shuffle, including the departure of many board members and CEO, Jeff Jacobson.

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