Private Equity Could Boost Yahoo's Competitive Edge

Law360, New York (December 1, 2011, 7:55 PM EST) -- Rumors over the fate of Yahoo Inc. reached a fever pitch Thursday with news that a private equity-backed consortium might be preparing a bid to buy the flagging search giant, a move that antitrust lawyers say could boost competition in online search.

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., in conjunction with Japan’s Softbank Corp. and private equity giants The Blackstone Group LP and Bain Capital, were reportedly assembling a $20 billion leveraged buyout bid for Yahoo.

Those reports followed earlier speculation that Yahoo could find itself in the...
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