AT ONE U.S. COMPANY, the machinations were in place for a hostile takeover by a rival at this year's annual shareholder meeting.

On the front lines was the meeting planner.

The corporation waging the takeover bid was planning to do so via a proxy battle on the floor of the meeting, scheduled to take place in May. When word of the maneuver reached the targeted company, brass decided to move the meeting up six weeks to thwart the attempt, which meant some quick thinking o

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