Sep 8, 2005 8:00 AM CET
This is a joint press release of Versatel Telecom International N.V. (Versatel) , Tele2 (Netherlands) B.V. (Tele2), a wholly owned subsidiary of Tele2 AB, and funds advised by Apax Partners (Apax).
Tele2, Versatel and Apax announce that the European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Versatel’s Benelux business by Tele2 and to the acquisition of sole control of Versatel’s German business by Apax.
Tele2 and Versatel confirm that the preparations are well under way for Tele2’s intended recommended simultaneous public cash offers for all outstanding Versatel shares and convertible notes. Tele2 and Versatel currently expect that the Offers will be made in mid September 2005. This announcement and related materials do not constitute an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell Versatel shares and convertible notes. This announcement is a public announcement as meant within article 9b paragraph 1 of the Bte 1995. Further information can be obtained from: For Tele2 Lars-Johan Jarnheimer, President and CEO: + 46 8562 640 00 Håkan Zadler, CFO: + 46 8562 640 00 Per Borgklint, Market Area Director UK & Benelux: + 31 20 702 02 02 Dwayne Taylor, Investor Relations, London: + 44 20 7321 5038 Lena Krauss, Investor Relations, Stockholm: + 46 8 562 000 45 Sarah Hamilton, M:Communications, London: + 44 78 36 295 291 Nick Fox, M:Communications, London: + 44 77 11 727 618 Anne Louise Van Lynden, Investor Voice, Amersterdam: + 31 65 4315 549 Carina Hamaker, Investor Voice, Amersterdam: + 31 65 3749 959 For Apax Ira Wülfing, Communication: + 49 89 200030 33 For Versatel Wouter van de Putte, Investor Relations: + 31 20 750 2362 Cilesta van Doorn, Corporate Communications: + 31 20 750 1318 This press release appears in Swedish also. In the event of any inconsistency, the English version will prevail above the Swedish version.