Hold on to cash and don't jump in to help family-owned firms.

Satyam Computer Services got this stern message this week when it was forced to dump a plan to spend $1.6 billion to buy two builders, part-owned by Satyam's chairman and other insiders.

Ramalinga Raju, chairman, Satyam Computer Services is seen in his office in Hyderabad in this undated handout photograph. REUTERS/Handout

The move sent shockwaves across a country known for its trailblazing software industry, and triggered a cloud over corporate governance in India.

"All in the Family," screamed the Economic Times on its front page, highlighting a furious reaction from the investment community.

Satyam's move to buy control of Maytas Properties and Maytas Infrastructure was killed just 12 hours after it was announced.