Lehman Brothers could be primed for a takeover after a decline in share price brought on by speculation about clients leaving and a reported search for new strategic options, analysts said. Potential bidders may be dealing with their own credit problems and would have to win over employees, who control 30% of the bank's outstanding shares. "I'm hard-pressed to give you many viable buyers of Lehman," said Jeff Harte, a securities industry analyst at Sandler O'Neill & Partners.

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