This excerpt taken from the HPQ 8-K filed Nov 12, 2008.
NOTE 2: MERGER AGREEMENT WITH HEWLETT-PACKARD
On May 13, 2008, the Company entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the Merger Agreement), by and among the Company, Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) and Hawk Merger Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of HP (MergerCo), pursuant to which, and subject to the terms and conditions set forth therein, MergerCo will merge with and into the Company (the Merger) and the Company will continue as the surviving corporation and a wholly owned subsidiary of HP. Pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement and subject to the conditions thereof, at the effective time of the Merger each share of common stock of the Company issued and outstanding immediately prior to the effective time (other than (i) shares owned by HP, MergerCo or the Company or any of their respective direct or indirect wholly-owned subsidiaries or (ii) Dissenting Shares (as defined in the Merger Agreement)) will be converted into the right to receive $25.00 in cash, without interest. The Merger Agreement was approved by the Companys stockholders at a Special Meeting of Stockholders on July 31, 2008. The waiting period for the Merger under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 expired on June 27, 2008, and the European Commission granted its approval of the Merger on July 25, 2008. The completion of the Merger remains subject to various conditions, including receipt of certain other required regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. The Merger Agreement may be terminated under certain circumstances, including, subject to the terms of the Merger Agreement, if the Companys Board of Directors determines to accept an unsolicited superior proposal, provided that HP has first been given notice and the opportunity to make an offer that results in the proposal no longer being a superior proposal. The Merger Agreement provides that if the Merger Agreement is terminated under certain circumstances, the Company will be required to pay HP a termination fee of $375 million. Pursuant to the terms of Amendment No. 1 to the Merger Agreement dated July 25, 2008, the Merger will not occur earlier than August 18, 2008 without the prior written consent of the Company and HP. The Company expects the Merger to be completed during the third quarter of 2008.