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ZEE Entertainment Withdraws Merger Application with Sony Pictures Networks

-By ArdorComm News Network

ZEE Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. (ZEE) has opted to retract its merger application submitted to the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) in Mumbai, which sought the execution of its proposed merger with Sony Pictures Networks, now known as Culver Max.

The merger agreement between Sony and Zee was initially disclosed on December 22, 2021. However, Sony Pictures later rescinded the merger proposal.

Subsequently, Sony approached the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) on February 4, seeking directives to prevent Zee from pursuing legal remedies in alternate legal forums, including the NCLT.

Following SIAC’s dismissal of Sony’s request for urgent relief, Mad Men Film Ventures, a Zee shareholder, approached the NCLT urgently, seeking an order to ensure that any rulings issued by other forums concerning the Zee-Sony merger would be subject to the NCLT’s directives.

In response, Zee approached NCLT Mumbai, seeking enforcement of the $10 billion merger scheme, previously sanctioned by the tribunal in August 2023, despite opposition from creditors such as Axis Finance, JC Flower Asset Reconstruction Co, IDBI Bank, Imax Corp, and IDBI Trusteeship.

However, ZEE has now chosen to withdraw its application.

In a disclosure to the Bombay Stock Exchange, the company elucidated its decision to retract the application filed on January 24 of this year.

“This decision will also enable the Company to pursue growth and evaluate strategic opportunities to generate higher value for all shareholders….This decision to withdraw the implementation application will enable the Company to continue to aggressively pursue all its claims against Sony in the ongoing arbitration proceedings at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and in other forums,” the filing stated.

 

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