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Yahoo chairman knows how to multitask mergers

Roy Bostock wraps up $3.1 billion merger deal for Northwest Airlines, while simultaneously handling Yahoo's own megabillion buyout offer from Microsoft.

Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock is one busy dude.

Not only has he been weighing the merits of Microsoft's unsolicited megabillion-dollar buyout offer for nearly three months now, but he's also had to simultaneously contend with serving as chairman of Northwest Airlines, which landed a $3.1 billion merger with Delta Air Lines on Monday.

That deal, which will create the world's largest airlines company, has also been an arduous journey for the past three months, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

Although both boards of the two airlines gave the deal a thumbs up, Northwest pilots said they plan to oppose the deal, according to a report in The New York Times. The deal also has to get the blessing of antitrust regulators to boot.

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For Bostock, it may be a case of deja vu.

Antitrust regulators may take a look at any Yahoo merger deal, and Yahoo may face hostilities from Microsoft if it continues to reject the software giant's buyout bid, initially valued at $31 a share, or $44.6 billion. Microsoft has threatened to launch a proxy fight, if Yahoo does not enter into a deal with the Redmond giant by the end of next week.

You would think Microsoft would cut Bostock a break, given his incredibly busy M&A schedule...so many megadeals to do, so little time.