Takeover

When control of a private or public company passes from one group of shareholders to another. This can either be on friendly terms with the agreement of the company Board and shareholders or through a hostile bid. In this case the acquiring company goes directly to the target company’s shareholders with a tender offer which is usually far more than the market value of their shares. It will also look to replace the current management to get the takeover approved.     

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