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Yahoo Settles With Icahn To Avert Control Battle

Publication Date: 
July 21, 2008
San Jose Mercury News
Brandon Bailey

Professor Michael Klausner is quoted in a San Jose Mercury News story about an agreement between Carl Icahn and Yahoo:

In his heart, Icahn may never have wanted to take over the entire board, because it would leave him in a weaker position to negotiate with Microsoft, said Michael Klausner, an expert on business at Stanford Law School.


Keeping Yang and the current leadership helps Icahn say no to a Microsoft offer he doesn't like, Klausner explained, because it preserves the option of operating independently, at least for a while.

"What he does want is a deal with Microsoft, but at the right price," Klausner said.