O'Brien secures blocking stake in INM

LONDON - Rebel Independent News & Media shareholder Denis O'Brien has raised his stake in the company to above 26% - past the 25% threshold that hands him a major say in the running of the company.

Independent News & Media: O'Brien secures crucial shareholding
Independent News & Media: O'Brien secures crucial shareholding

The 25% threshold allows O'Brien to block certain resolutions put to INM shareholders. The next key step is 29.9%. Once a shareholder reaches this point, a bid must be made for the company.

In recent months, O'Brien has been consolidating his position as the second-biggest shareholder in the Ireland-based publisher. Chief executive Anthony O'Reilly remains the company's biggest shareholder with a 28% holding.

O'Brien, who wants INM's loss-making UK newspaper The Independent to be sold off, has been engaged in a bitter war of words with O'Reilly in recent months.

In June, O'Brien published a report criticising O'Reilly's corporate governance.

O'Brien was subsequently labelled a "dissident shareholder" by the media group's board.

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