November 27, 2022


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Twitter claims Musk is ‘under investigation’ over merger deal, and it wants the documents

Elon Musk To Buy Twitter

Scott Olson

Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) promises that billionaire Elon Musk is below federal investigation over his on-once again/off-yet again attempt to acquire the social-media huge private, and the agency would like correspondence his group exchanged with the SEC and FTC about the issue.

“Elon Musk is presently less than investigation by federal authorities for his carry out in connection with the acquisition of Twitter,” TWTR wrote in a Delaware state court submitting produced public late Thursday. “Through counsel, he has exchanged substantive correspondence with all those authorities relating to their investigations. Twitter would like those documents.”

Musk agreed in April to purchase Twitter (TWTR) for $44B, then tried to again out of the offer – prompting the social-media giant to sue him in Delaware state court docket to pressure the acquisition to go ahead.

Having said that, Musk final 7 days adjusted his thoughts once more and renewed his plan to invest in TWTR at the previously agreed-to $54.20 a share. TWTR shares shut Thursday at $50.34.

A choose had scheduled a demo on Twitter’s lawsuit to get started up coming 7 days, but postponed the session immediately after Musk introduced his intention to close the deal soon after all.

The court gave the get-togethers until eventually Oct. 28 to complete the merger if they want to prevent demo. The court docket document designed general public Thursday was filed on Oct. 6, the exact same day that the decide paused the proceedings.

The social-media giant’s legal professionals wrote in their Oct. 6 submitting that Musk lawyers provided information and facts to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Fee and Federal Trade Fee with regards to the offer, but refused to give Twitter (TWTR) copies.

Twitter (TWTR) mentioned Musk’s crew cited “investigative privilege” in withholding the product. Having said that, the social-media huge countered in its filing that the files “bear upon key issues” in its lawsuit against Musk, so the billionaire ought to switch them more than.

It’s unclear no matter whether the Oct. 6 submitting refers to previously disclosed investigations into Musk’s perform for the duration of the TWTR saga or to new probes.

Musk’s lawyers have previously disclosed that the SEC sought further information and facts about a tweet that the billionaire – who also serves as CEO of Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) – wrote on May possibly 17 expressing that the TWTR offer “cannot go forward.”

In the meantime, an April released report indicated that the FTC was investigating whether or not Musk unsuccessful to comply with antitrust guidelines as he designed up a 9% stake in Twitter (TWTR) in advance of providing to purchase the overall organization.

The FTC can evaluation mergers for antitrust issues, but took no action on Musk’s TWTR provide right before the deadline for blocking the offer expired in June.

Trying to find Alpha contributor Chris DeMuth Jr. just lately examined what could nevertheless go completely wrong with the Musk/TWTR deal and how traders should perform to predicament.