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Acxiom Corp. (data management)
Acxiom Corp. (data management)
Founded in Arkansas in 1969, the company now has offices in 12 countries.
Deal announced: 05/16/2007
Deal withdrawn: 10/01/2007
Investors: Silver Lake, ValueAct Capital Partners
Value of the deal: $2.9 billion

Not long after the company's major shareholder MMI Investments stopped fighting the deal, the buyers decided to walk away, leaving the company in a lurch.

Silver Lake and ValueAct didn't say why they terminated their agreement. They just paid a $65 million break up fee.

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Last updated May 19 2008: 1:26 PM ET
Source: Thomson Reuters, Capital IQ