LVMH and Tiffany in talks to renegotiate a £12.7bn merger

LVMH and Tiffany are in talks to renegotiate a £12.7billion merger ahead of a court showdown in January. 

The owner of Louis Vuitton, Moet & Chandon and Dior had agreed to pay $135 per share for the luxury jeweller last year but has been looking for ways to cut the price after seeing the impact of pandemic. 

LVMH had threatened to walk away from the deal, even claiming it had been ordered to delay the deal by the French government as part of a trade war against President Trump. 

Luxury: Tiffany is popular with celebrities including Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra (pictured)

Luxury: Tiffany is popular with celebrities including Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra (pictured)

Luxury: Tiffany is popular with celebrities including Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra (pictured)

The row led to competing lawsuits in the US, and a bitter war of words, which were destined to be decided in a court showdown in January. 

Dragging Tiffany back to the negotiating table is a coup for LVMH’s owner Bernard Arnault, who is known as the ‘wolf in cashmere’ for his hard-nosed deal-making. 

Tiffany – which is popular with celebrities including Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra – has signalled it would accept an offer of more than $130 per share if the deal was closed without further changes, the FT reported last night. Such a discount would save LVMH up to £470m. 

Tiffany shares rose 5 per cent, or $6.06, to $128.88 yesterday. 

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