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July 31, 2008 11:03 AM

Yahoo shareholder meeting shaping up to be an anticlimax

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

For much of the spring and early summer, Yahoo's shareholder meeting loomed as the potential defining moment in Microsoft's battle to take control of the company and its valuable online properties. At one time, Microsoft was planning a proxy fight and was lining up its own set of Yahoo director candidates. Then billionaire investor Carl Icahn proposed his slate and began campaigning hard against the incumbent directors. The presumption was that Icahn's directors would be amenable to a Microsoft deal.

Tomorrow's meeting would have been the chance for Yahoo shareholders to vote, essentially, to sell the company or continue independent of Microsoft (the path Yahoo management has taken). But it turns out that the meeting will likely have none of that drama, which is not to say it won't have drama.

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