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Conti should turn tables on Schaeffler

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Porsche isn’t the only family-controlled German company that has got itself into a complete pickle bidding for a far larger rival.

    Indeed, if you want a test case of how ambition can land a company in serious financial difficulties, look no further than Schaeffler, a privately-owned ball bearings maker which has
seriously overextended itself following a bid for listed car parts maker Continental last year.

    Despite snapping up 90 percent of Conti’s stock, Schaeffler could easily lose control of its intended prey and may end up being swallowed by it.
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