Bcom3 Shareholders Set Vote on Publicis Merger

CHICAGO — Results of the Bcom3 shareholder vote on the company’s $3 billion acquisition by Publicis Groupe will be announced Sept. 20, the company said.

Some lingering issues regarding the registration of foreign debentures have been resolved, and the Securities and Exchange Commission notified Bcom3 it had no objections to the deal, allowing the vote to proceed, a representative for the Chicago-based holding company said.

Proxy statements have started going out to shareholders, who will have 20 business days to vote, the representative said.

The deal will close upon Bcom3 shareholder approval.

Publicis shareholders have already approved the acquisition, as has the European Union.

The deal between Paris-based Publicis and Bcom3, which owns Leo Burnett and D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, was unveiled in March.