Samsung and SanDisk Can Learn From Prior Deals

Samsung Electronics Corp. and SanDisk Corp. (SNDK) can both learn some useful lessons from other recent takeover battles in the technology sector, particularly the failed merger talks between Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) and Yahoo Inc. (YHOO). The first lesson is for South Korean electronics giant Samsung. Hostile, unsolicited deals do not have a great history of success in the high-tech business. In the past, such attempts were viewed as a dicey path to take to win over a company where many of the assets were the employees, who could walk out the door. They were rarely pursued.

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