1. Carl Icahn is Right About Dell’s Complex, Self-Enriching Attempt to Re-Enter Public Market

    Carl Icahn is Right About Dell’s Complex, Self-Enriching Attempt to Re-Enter Public Market

    Carl Icahn has successfully tormented several tech companies in the last decade — from Motorola to Yahoo to eBay — but usually demands value extraction that isn’t always the best route for a company’s health or long-term investors. Icahn’s new battle with computer executive Michael Dell and his eponymous company, now entering a bruising second round five years after the first, is different: It is a righteous stand that other large investors appear to be backing...

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    1. It is clear to me that Dell and Silver Lake have followed Machiavelli's advice to the letter: It is better to be respected than loved, but better still to be feared than respected.
    2. In those meetings a number of Class V stockholders expressed concerns regarding the economic terms of the Class V transaction.
    3. We believe that a Dell IPO would face significant challenges and trade very poorly given the possibility of the issuance of a tsunami of stock in connection with a forced conversion.
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