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Hostile Takeover

   

Definition: a Hostile Takeover is an offer, purchase or acquisition of a company, where 1. the Board of Directors of the target corporation rejects the buyout offer, fights the acquisition and recommends to the shareholders not to accept the offer by the acquiring company, but the acquirer continues to pursue it, or 2. makes the offer directly after having announced its firm intention to make an offer.

A Hostile Takeover normally occurs only with publicly traded companies, as it requires the acquirer to bypass the board of directors and purchase the shares from other sources.

It is the opposite of a friendly takeover.


   
   
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