This is from The Guardian. (Will have to paste the link in text as hyperlink not functioning)
Wednesday May 14, 2003
The government was stripped of its power to protect BAA, the airports operator, from a hostile foreign takeover yesterday and ordered to scrap the state's "illegal" golden share in the company.
The ruling, from the European court of justice in Luxembourg, could be the beginning of the end for a string of similar golden shares in former nationalised companies such as National Grid.
It also leaves BAA vulnerable to a hostile foreign takeover, a move which could throw the government's plans for airport expansion in the south-east into disarray. Analysts suggested that potential bidders could include Hong Kong conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa or private equity groups such as WestLB.
So BAA might get taken over? Would that be by a company that organises aircraft or shops?