The ayes had it yesterday as count officials confirmed that the 19 March shareholder vote on the $18bn Compaq/Hewlett Packard (HP) merger was passed.
The official count removed the final hurdle for the chief executives of both companies, who said that the merger would close on 3 May and that a new company will be launched on 7 May.
The count was close, being passed in favour by just three per cent, representing the holders of 45.3 million shares from a total of 1.65 billion.
In a short press announcement, HP said: "Based on this report, HP confirms that the proposal has been passed in accordance with New York Stock Exchange requirements."
Yesterday, HP survived a last ditch challenge in the courts from heir Walter Hewlett.
His allegations of vote buying and misleading of investors was thrown out of court, leaving the vote count as the only obstacle blocking the deal.
Hewlett said he would offer his services to help make the integration successful.
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