Yahoo!’s Bill For Microsoft Acquisition Bid Advisory Team: $36 Million

Posted Aug 11, 2008

In the last 8 months, Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) has had to deal with Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Carl Icahn.  A lot of time and money has been spent figuring out a solution to Microsoft’s unsolicited bid.  Coming up with a solution required spending time with banks and lawyers.

In a filing with the S.E.C., Yahoo! stated that $36 million was spent in the first two quarters of 2008 to hire outside advisers in dealing with Icahn and Microsoft.  A good amount of that cost was most likely paid to Moelis & Company, Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS), and Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. (NYSE:LEH).  Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom was Yahoo!’s team of legal eagles.

According to The New York Times DealBook, the $36 million does not include the fees charged for the 2008 Annual Shareholders meeting on August 1 where Yahoo!’s board persuaded shareholders to vote for keeping the current board.  The $36 million also does not include the “sunk time” and “pure distraction” spent dealing with the situation.

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