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Definition: Greenmail

Quick Summary of Greenmail

A situation in which a person or entity buys enough stock in a company to threaten a hostile takeover. The person or entity can greenmail the victim company into buying back its stock at a higher price in order to avoid the takeover.

What is the dictionary definition of Greenmail?

Dictionary Definition

Profiting from an attempted hostile takeover by forcing the target company to buy back the hostile bidder’s shares at an inflated price.

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Greenmail are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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