After Elon Musk’s announcement of his refusal to buy Twitter, the impression of a huge mess

Donald Trump will have to wait to find his Twitter account, which Elon Musk wanted to restore: the boss of Tesla and founder of SpaceX indicated, on Friday July 8, in a document sent to the American stock market authorities, that he refused to buy the social network Twitter for 44 billion dollars (43.2 billion euros), accusing the company of having provided data “false and misleading” on the number of fake or dormant accounts.

It is therefore a legal battle that begins, insofar as the board of directors of the social network intends to force the sale. “Twitter’s board has agreed to complete the transaction at the price and terms agreed to with Mr. Musk and plans to take legal action to enforce the merger agreement. We are confident that we will prevail in the Delaware court,” the state where the trial would take place, immediately retaliated Bret Taylor, chairman of the council of the group. Friday, after the closing of the New York Stock Exchange, the Twitter action was down sharply, by 5%, around 35 dollars, well below the price of 54.20 dollars, proposed by Elon Musk, in April.

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It is not certain that Elon Musk, 51, will achieve his ends, according to the analysis of American lawyers quoted by the press. The richest man in the world, whose fortune is estimated at $220 billion per magazine Forbes, must pay a forfeiture of 1 billion dollars if it fails to raise the necessary financing. But this sum is not a safe-conduct to escape the sale. For this, substantial events would have to affect the company, which is not proven.

The courts could thus force the sale. In their letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the stock market regulator, Mr. Musk’s lawyers advance a whole series of arguments to justify this thesis, in particular “diminishing business and financial outlook”. They denounce the bad will of the company: “Sometimes Twitter has ignored Mr. Musk’s requests, sometimes it has dismissed them for reasons that seem unwarranted, and sometimes it has pretended to comply while giving Mr. Musk incomplete or unusable information. »

Expensive whim

Elon Musk’s willingness to withdraw is not a surprise. As of May 13, he announced that his acquisition was on hold, due to lack of information on the famous suspicious accounts, which he estimates can reach 20% of the total. This acquisition, made in the name of defending free speech, had an expensive whim on the part of Mr. Musk, who has been speaking on Twitter with complete freedom for years.

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