- A situation in which a person or entity has bought enough shares in a company to be in a position to make a hostile takeover. The person or entity can greenmail the (potential) victim company into buying back its shares at a higher price in order to avoid the takeover.
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Greenmail — or greenmailing refers to a legal business practice in a public stock market where one firm takes advantage of another firm by means of a falsely construed takeover.OriginThe term is a neologism combining the terms greenback and blackmail,… … Wikipedia
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… … Law dictionary
greenmail — green mail n. (Finance) The act, performed by a publicly traded corporation, of paying a corporate raider to give up a takeover attempt, by buying the shares of stock he owns; also, the threat posed by corporate raiders to take over a company… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
greenmail — [grēn′māl΄] n. Informal the buying of a large amount of a company s stock in anticipation that the management, fearing that the buyer will gain control, will buy it back at a premium over the market price greenmailer n … English World dictionary
Greenmail — Situation in which a large block of stock is held by an unfriendly company, forcing the target company to repurchase the stock at a substantial premium to prevent a takeover. The New York Times Financial Glossary * * * greenmail green‧mail… … Financial and business terms
greenmail — The holding of a large block of stock of a target company by an unfriendly company, with the object of forcing the target company to repurchase the stock at a substantial premium to prevent a takeover. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary The situation … Financial and business terms
greenmail — [[t]gri͟ːnmeɪl[/t]] N UNCOUNT Greenmail is when a company buys enough shares in another company to threaten a takeover and makes a profit if the other company buys back its shares at a higher price. [mainly AM, BUSINESS] Family control would… … English dictionary
greenmail — n. a money making scheme wherein a very wealthy person buys a large number of shares of a company, threatens to take control of the company, and then offers to sell the stock to the company at an exorbitant price in lieu of a takeover.… … Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions
greenmail — noun Date: 1983 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 transitive verb • greenmailer noun … New Collegiate Dictionary
greenmail — The purchase of a large block of shares in a company, which are then sold back to the company at a premium over the market price in return for a promise not to launch a bid for the company. This practice is not uncommon in the USA, where… … Accounting dictionary
greenmail — greymail The purchase of a large block of shares in a company, which are then sold back to the company at a premium over the market price in return for a promise not to launch a bid for the company. This practice is not uncommon in the USA, where … Big dictionary of business and management