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annual general meeting

annual general meeting  

(AGM)A meeting of the voting shareholders of a company, or the members of an association, at which the officers report on the last year's activities, and accounts are submitted for approval. AGMs ...
boardroom

boardroom  

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1 A place where the board of directors holds its meetings.2 Also takes the meaning in the USA of a room where a broker's clients can watch current activity in the market (cf. ticker).[...]
business judgment rule

business judgment rule  

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The rule that the courts will not generally interfere in the conduct of a business. For example, the courts will not substitute their judgment for that of the directors of a company unless the ...
chairman

chairman  

The member of a committee or board of directors elected or appointed to preside at its meetings. The chairman frequently has a casting vote.
chief executive officer

chief executive officer  

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(CEO)The person with responsibility for ensuring that an organization functions efficiently and makes a profit acceptable to the shareholders if it is profit-making. Although the term was formerly ...
City Code on Takeovers and Mergers

City Code on Takeovers and Mergers  

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A code first laid down in 1968, and subsequently modified, giving the practices to be observed in company takeovers (see takeover bid) and mergers. It is administered by a panel (the Takeover Panel) ...
Commission des Opérations de Bourse

Commission des Opérations de Bourse  

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(COB) (France).An autonomous administrative agency set up in 1967 for regulating the activities of exchanges (French: Bourses) and patterned after the United States' Securities and Exchange ...
company

company  

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A form of organization for a business, with a legal personality distinct from the individuals taking part in it. This has been found essential in organizing large and complex businesses. The ...
company director

company director  

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A member of a company's board of directors. Directors may be executive, that is, full- or part-time employees of the company, or non-executive. Non-executive directors are chosen either for their ...
corporate criminal liability

corporate criminal liability  

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Companies are legal persons in their own right. Whether the company is a large, multi‐national entity or runs the smallest of family businesses, it has a legal personality of its ...
corporate governance

corporate governance  

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The processes, both formal and informal, through which a corporation is administered and managed. Corporate governance involves the legal requirements imposed upon the corporation, the policies ...
director

director  

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N.An officer of a company appointed by or under the provisions of the articles of association. Directors may have a contract of employment with the company (service directors and managing directors) ...
election

election  

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In a broad sense, making a choice that is determinative (final or irrevocable, excluding other possibilities). The term is used in several different contexts in law. For example: (1) A ...
greenmail

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 ...
hostile bid

hostile bid  

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A takeover bid that is unwelcome either to the board of directors of the target company or to its shareholders.
incorporation

incorporation  

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N.1 The formation of an association that has corporate personality, i.e. a legal personality distinct from those of its members. Such a body can own property and incur debts. Company members have no ...
institutional investor

institutional investor  

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An organization whose function it is to invest assets on behalf of others (cf. retail investor). For example, pension funds, insurance companies, banks, mutual funds or unit trusts, and investment ...
interlocking directorates

interlocking directorates  

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The situation where two or more companies are linked by having some members of their boards of directors in common. This ensures that the firms can be well informed on each other's position without ...
majority rule principle and collective shareholder rights

majority rule principle and collective shareholder rights  

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Where a wrong is committed against a company, the company, as a distinct legal entity, is the proper plaintiff to instigate proceedings to remedy it. As a general rule, a ...
majority voting

majority voting  

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A voting method which selects as the winner the option with the majority of votes. When a choice is made from just two options May's theorem states that majority voting is the only decision rule to ...

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