Pyrrhic Victory

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Pyrrhic Victory

A successful endeavor that came with such high costs, that it was almost not worth the effort. For example, a company may succeed in a hostile takeover, but only after overcoming so many anti-takeover measures and spending so much money that it overpaid and may have nearly bankrupted itself.
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Had there been something in the game for the Welsh, of course, you would have piled on the Swiss but Wales specialise in Pyrrhic victories and three points today would be just that.
We have taken a look at battles in the boardroom which have resulted in the ouster of the CEO, and have sought to discover whether these battles are Pyrrhic victories for the board: Does the ouster of the CEO come at the expense of a subsequent turnover of board members?
Defence lawyers are used to having to fight their corner for their clients, but hopefully in seeking solutions, not pyrrhic victories.