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Swiss communications firm Sunrise said Tuesday that it does not have enough shareholder support to acquire cable operator UPC Switzerland, quashing what would have been one of Europe's largest takeovers. Sunrise had scheduled a meeting of shareholders for Wednesday to approve the 2.8 billion Swiss franc ($2.8 billion, 2.5 billion euro) capital increase required to partly fund the purchase.

But it cancelled the event after it became clear that a majority of shareholders who intended to vote would not support the move, according a Sunrise statement. UPC Switzerland's parent company Liberty Media is one of the world's largest communications companies. Its chairman John Malone, an American billionaire, earned the nickname "cable cowboy" due to his propensity for aggressive media deals.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2019

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