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Special body to study Tesla going private

Tesla’s board of directors said yesterday it formed a special committee to study CEO Elon Musk’s proposal to take the electric auto giant private.Musk disclosed on Monday that he had been in talks with Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund and other potential investors on a plan that would delist Tesla from the stock market.By going private, Tesla could operate without requirements for financial reports and other pressures of a publicly traded firm. But it could also lose visibility and limit its ability to raise capital.A statement yesterday from Tesla’s board said the special committee “has the full power and authority of the board of directors to take any and all actions on behalf of the board of directors as it deems necessary to evaluate and negotiate a potential going private transaction and alternatives to any transaction proposed by Mr. Musk.”It added that no transaction would be consummated without the approval of the special committee.“No assurances can be given regarding the likelihood, terms and details of any proposal or potential going private transaction, that any proposal made by Mr. Musk ... will be accepted by the special committee,” the statement said.Musk said the Saudi sovereign wealth fund “has approached me multiple times” starting in early 2017 about taking Tesla private.