February 10, 2008
Going Hostile
Posted by Gordon Smith

It's hard to tell whether FT has a scoop or is just speculating, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to predict that Microsoft's next step is a hostile bid:

Microsoft is gearing up to take its bid to acquire Yahoo directly to the Silicon Valley company's shareholders after the expected rejection by the Yahoo board of the software giant’s $31-per-share offer....

Microsoft has a team of advisers in place for any proxy fight. It includes Alan Miller of Innisfree, the proxy solicitation firm, and Joele Frank, the New York M&A public relations specialist, as well as financial advisers from the Blackstone Group and Morgan Stanley. Yahoo is using Dan Burch at MacKenzie Partners, a proxy firm that would lobby shareholders to try to secure their votes in favour of the current board.

This could be fun ...

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