Nielsen Shareholders Approve $16 Billion Sale to Private Equity

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Nielsen Holdings said that shareholders have voted to approve a $16 billion transaction in which the measurement company would be acquired by a private equity group led by Elliott Investment Management and Brookfield Business Partners.

The transaction calls for Nielsen stock to be bought for $28 a share in cash.

The company said the transaction is expected to close in October.

Nielsen last month announced that it had received regulatory approval for the deal.

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Two meetings were held. One was a court meeting in the U.K. The other was a special meeting of shareholders in the U.S.  Nielsen last month reached an agreement with WindAcre Partnership, a major shareholder that had opposed the deal 

Upon closing, Nielsen will become a private company, and its shares will no longer be traded on the New York Stock Exchange. ■

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