greenmail


greenmail
green·mail /'grēn-ˌmāl/ n [green (money) + - mail (as in blackmail )]: the practice of buying enough of a company's stock to threaten a hostile takeover and reselling it to the company at a price above market value; also: the money paid for such stock
greenmail vt
green·mail·er n

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

greenmail
A situation in which a person or entity (the greenmailer) buys enough stock in a public company to threaten a hostile takeover. The greenmailer offers to end the threat to the company by selling its stock back at a higher price. The term combines the words greenback and blackmail.
Category: Business, LLCs & Corporations → LLCs, Corporations, Partnerships, etc.

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


greenmail
n. The act of purchasing shares in a publicly traded company that could be used to support a hostile takeover, and then selling them back to the company at a profit.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


greenmail
A corporation's attempt to stop a takeover bid by paying a price above market value for stock held by the aggressor.

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


greenmail
A corporation's attempt to stop a takeover bid by paying a price above market value for stock held by the aggressor.

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

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