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Cap Gemini Eyeing Ernst & Young Business Unit
French integrator Cap Gemini has announced that it may buy the business consulting division of Big 5 firm, Ernst & Young. The deal would create an $8.5 billion

audit proposal  interest between the firm's audit and consulting businesses. At roughly $8.5 billion in revenue, the combined services firm would rival Andersen Consulting in size. Market Impact If it occurs, the sale would divest E&Y of roughly 40% of its revenues and provide Europe-based Cap Gemini with a considerably enhanced profile in the U.S., where support for its integration services has been weak. Previous moves by Cap to build its U.S. market have yet to improve its visibility, as in the $200 million

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