parent company
A company may own one or more other companies which are its subsidiaries. The relationship between parent and subsidiary depends on majority control of the voting rights of shares or the ability to appoint the majority of directors. The precise definition is in section 736 of the Companies Act 1985.

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parent company
parent company, or parent undertaking
This is a company that owns or controls another company or companies. Any company that it owns is called a subsidiary.
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USA
Also known as the parent.
A company which owns or controls the majority of the outstanding voting stock (or other equity) in another company or otherwise has the right to appoint and remove a majority of the board of directors (or other managing body) of that other company.
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parent company
An enterprise, which is also known as a parent corporation, that owns more than 50 percent of the voting shares of its subsidiary.

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


parent company
An enterprise, which is also known as a parent corporation, that owns more than 50 percent of the voting shares of its subsidiary.

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