Alibaba Group has hired the Washington based Duberstein Group as an indication that it may be serious in making a bid for Yahoo should talks fail to unwind the Yahoo – Alibaba Asian partnership. The registration was received by a U.S. Senate office on Dec 23 and then posted online, but the lobbying work likely began earlier.
Under U.S. law, a lobbying firm is required to file a public disclosure within 45 days of crossing certain thresholds such as making contact with a public official. The filing for Alibaba says it is effective as of December 1.
Alibaba’s founder Jack Ma stated in September that he would like to buy all of Yahoo.