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The Wall Street Journal: Ackman’s SPAC nears record $40 billion deal with Universal Music Group

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Hedge-fund billionaire William Ackman’s special-purpose acquisition company is nearing a transaction with Universal Music Group that would value the world’s largest music business at about $40 billion, people familiar with the matter said.

The deal would be the largest SPAC transaction on record, exceeding the roughly $35 billion that Singaporean ride-hailing company Grab Holdings Inc. was valued at in a similar deal recently, according to Dealogic. It would have a so-called enterprise value, taking into consideration Universal’s debt, of about $42 billion.

It’s not guaranteed Universal and the SPAC, Pershing Square Tontine Holdings Ltd., 
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 will reach a deal. If they do, it could be finalized in the next few weeks and isn’t subject to any additional due diligence, the people said.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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