|Gemalto open to discussion; Increased Atos bid expected - Owners quoted per REUTERS|
DECEMBER 14, 2017 / French tech firm Atos to pursue Gemalto despite rebuff PARIS (Reuters) - ... Gemalto called the 46 euro per share Atos offer to create a digital security leader “opportunistic” late on Wednesday, although chief executive Philippe Vallee did not completely shut the door on a deal in an interview with French newspaper Les Echos...
Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said the government will keep a close eye over the impact on jobs and technologies that are deemed important to France’s sovereignty. State-owned investment bank Bpifrance, which is Gemalto’s second-biggest shareholder, said that it was favorable to consolidation between two French companies in the tech sector...
1) It's my hope that Atos has added Mr. Michael Combes and/or another equally expert CEO with experience with Chinese market-makers on their team.
2) It's my hope that Atos has invited banking partners from both PRC and DRC to take a minority position both for the pure financial gain PLUS the economic detentes it represents and the market opening it can enable.