Toehold purchase

Definition:

Often used in risk arbitrage. Accumulation by an acquirer of less than 5% of the shares of a target company. Once 5% is acquired, the acquirer must file with the SEC and other agencies to explain its intentions and notify the acquiree. See: Rule 13d.

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An attempt to acquire a large portion of a company's stock to gain control by offering stockholders a premium over the market value for their shares.

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