poison pill
poi·son pill n: a financial tactic or provision used by a company to make an unwanted takeover prohibitively expensive or less desirable

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

poison pill
A defensive strategy for avoiding a hostile takeover in which a company offers low-price stock to its current shareholders in order to dilute the shares and make it more expensive for another company to buy them out.
Category: Business, LLCs & Corporations → LLCs, Corporations, Partnerships, etc.

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

poison pill
poison pill, Also known as a shareholder rights plan.
In the context of takeovers, action taken by the target to make itself unattractive to a bidder or potential bidder. Such action is restricted under the UK City Code on Takeovers and Mergers (Rule 21) and is more common in the US.
+ poison pill, aka shareholder rights plan
USA
poison pill, Also known as a shareholder rights plan.
A poison pill is a defensive measure used by public companies to frustrate hostile takeover attempts by third parties. A corporation adopts a poison pill by executing a shareholder rights agreement (also known as a rights plan). Under the rights agreement, shareholders receive "rights" (similar to warrants) to purchase the corporation's stock at a substantial discount when the plan is triggered. Usually these rights are distributed (or triggered) when a third party purchases a certain amount of the target company's stock (commonly 15% or 20%). Once the poison pill is triggered, the acquisition can become very expensive for the prospective acquiror and any target company stock previously purchased becomes significantly diluted. The most common types of rights plans are "flip-in" and "flip-over" plans. Flip-in plans give the target company's shareholders the right to purchase additional target company stock (typically on a one-for-one basis) at the discounted price. Flip-over plans give the target company's shareholders the right to purchase stock of the acquiring company at a discounted price.
For more information see Practice Note, Poison Pills: Defending Against Takeovers and Protecting NOLs (www.practicallaw.com/3-386-0340).

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


poison pill
A defensive strategy based on issuing special stock that is used to deter aggressors in corporate takeover attempts.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


poison pill
A defensive strategy based on issuing special stock that is used to deter aggressors in corporate takeover attempts.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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