An agenda that is becoming clearer for the South African billionaire. The vote of Twitter shareholders on its acquisition by Elon Musk will take place on September 13, before the start of the lawsuit that the social network has brought against the richest man in the world in October. Twitter called its shareholders for a “special meeting” by videoconference, according to official documents filed Tuesday with the SEC, the American stock market policeman.
The context of the vote has changed dramatically since the end of April, when the group’s board of directors and Elon Musk signed an agreement to buy Twitter at 54.20 dollars a share, or a valuation of 44 billion dollars. On July 8, the boss of Tesla and SpaceX unilaterally terminated this agreement, on the grounds that the San Francisco-based company allegedly lied about the proportion of automated accounts and spam on its platform. Twitter then launched a lawsuit against the multi-billionaire, to force him to honor his commitment.
Accused of “hypocrisy” and “bad faith”
The judge in charge of the case, the president of a tribunal specializing in business law, indicated last week that the trial would be held in October and would last five days. The two sides have yet to agree on a date. Twitter’s board has in the past called on its shareholders to vote in favor of the acquisition when the time comes. His stock is currently worth around $39. If the transaction finally takes place, it would represent a significant capital gain for the shareholders.
The judge’s decision was seen as a first victory for the firm with the blue bird, which had requested an accelerated procedure, as early as September, so as not to prolong the period of uncertainty which partially paralyzes the company. Elon Musk wanted him that the hostilities are not open until next year, ensuring that experts should analyze “mountains of data” on fake accounts.
Lawyers for Twitter believe that the whimsical entrepreneur has changed his mind in the face of the recent drop in stock market valuations of technology companies. In the complaint, they accuse him of “hypocrisy” and “bad faith”. “We suspect that Mr. Musk wants to delay this trial long enough to never be held accountable. (…) He knows that in such circumstances, justice delayed is often justice not done. This is even what he hopes for, “said one of them, William Savitt, during the preliminary hearing on July 19.