Activision-Vivendi's Stormy Courtship

Vivendi's December agreement to acquire a controlling stake in Activision was a boon to the videogame maker's shareholders and, at $8 billion, is one of the biggest mergers and acquisitions deals announced since the credit markets buckled in June. A proxy statement for the deal, filed with the SEC today, peels back the curtain on a transaction that came perilously close to never seeing the light of day.

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