Supplement | HBS Case Collection | April 1991 (Revised July 1991)

RJR Nabisco Board: Guardians of the Gate? (B)

by Jay W. Lorsch

Abstract

The special committee of the RJR Nabisco board has extended the bidding deadline for the company by 10 days. The case explains the process by which Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and the management group bid against one another for ownership of RJR Nabisco. The board of directors is left with a decision: who has submitted the best bid?

Keywords: Leveraged Buyouts; Situation or Environment; Bids and Bidding; Decision Making; Managerial Roles; Governing and Advisory Boards; Management Teams; Consumer Products Industry; Food and Beverage Industry;

Citation:

Lorsch, Jay W. "RJR Nabisco Board: Guardians of the Gate? (B)." Harvard Business School Supplement 491-121, April 1991. (Revised July 1991.)