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A series of events began in 1983 that eventually led to Sterling Software's 1985 acquisition of Informatics. The acquisition, unique at the time in the software industry, was preceded by an unsolicited offer and takeover attempt with a proxy fight. The transaction might well be called a "hostile takeover" although Informatics finally accepted the merger terms.
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W. F. Bauer, "Informatics Acquisition by Sterling Software: Unsolicited Offer, Takeover Attempt, and Merger," in IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 28, no. , pp. 32-40, 2006.
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