defensive acquisition

Defensive Acquisition

An acquisition that a company makes in order to keep from being taken over. For example, if Company A may acquire a much smaller Company B, which will make Company A so large that any takeover will result in the acquirer running afoul of antitrust laws. A defensive acquisition most commonly applies to acquiring a company, but it may also involve acquiring a particular product that will make the company more difficult to take over. It is an example of an antitakeover measure.

defensive acquisition

A firm or an asset purchased by a potential target of a takeover in order to make itself less desirable to raiders. For example, a target company might purchase another firm engaged in the same business as the raider in order to create an antitrust problem for the raider. See also raider, target company.
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We also continue to be concerned that the board may engage in an inappropriate defensive acquisition or other transaction in an attempt either to thwart our offer or to dilute our position following the expiration of the offer.
The move has irked Icahn, who has slammed the board for engaging in "an inappropriate dilutive defensive acquisition or other transaction in an attempt to thwart our offer.
Kroldrup's time at Everton coincided with a severe dip in form that saw Moyes' side drop to the foot of the Premier League table after a shocking start to the campaign, and the centre-back believes the team's fortunes had left the manager "afraid" to play his defensive acquisition.
We continue to be concerned that the Board may engage in an inappropriate dilutive defensive acquisition or other transaction in an attempt to thwart our offer.
Over the past few years, defensive acquisition has been successful enough to demonstrate that patents aren't intrinsically "special.
Douglas, who has never been capped at senior level by Brazil, becomes Barca's fifth high-profile defensive acquisition of the summer, with Claudio Bravo, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Thomas Vermaelen and Jeremy Mathieu already having arrived at Camp Nou.
Southampton new boys, Shane Long, Graziano Pelle and academy graduate Lloyd Isgrove are available, as is midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, but new defensive acquisition Florin Gardos (hamstring) is out.
Kolo Toure remains the club's only defensive acquisition of the summer, signed on a free transfer from Manchester City.
The White House said new action is needed in the face of a flood of recent patent litigation, particularly in the smartphone sector, and because "several major companies spend more on patent litigation and defensive acquisition than on research and development.
Toure, who has vast Premier League experience having first moved to England at Arsenal in 2002, would meet that criteria and the fact he would not command a fee would not impact on Brendan Rodgers' spending power for a more long-term defensive acquisition.
Kroldrup's time at Everton coincided with a severe dip in form that Moyes's side drop to the foot of the Premier League table after a shocking start to the campaign, and the centre-back believes the team's fortunes had left the manager "afraid" to play his defensive acquisition.