MTN, Bharti Airtel and Ernst&Yougn - Africa

India's Bharti Airtel Ltd. is likely to hire Ernst & Young and South Africa's MTN Group Ltd. is likely to mandate PricewaterhouseCoopers to advise the telecommunication companies on their merger talks, the Economic Times reported Thursday, citing an unnamed executive tracking the deal. The due-diligence processes are likely to begin next week, the report said, citing two other unnamed industry executives.

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