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Finance Dictionary and Glossary of Investment Terms
Often used in risk arbitrage. Technique used by an acquiring company to attempt to gain control of a takeover target. The acquirer tries to persuade the shareholders of the target company that the present management of the firm should be ousted in favor of a slate of directors favorable to the acquirer, thus enabling the acquiring company to gain control of the company without paying a premium price.
A strategy that may accompany a hostile takeover. A proxy fight occurs when the acquiring company attempts to convince shareholders to use their proxy votes to install new management that is open to the takeover. The technique allows the acquired to avoid paying a premium for the target.
When a group of shareholders are persuaded to join forces and gather enough shareholder proxies to win a corporate vote. This is sometimes also referred to as a proxy battle.