freeze out provision

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Freeze Out Provision

In an acquisition, a provision in a charter allowing the acquiring company to buy out all minority shareholders in the target company for a fair price for a limited period of time. The freeze out provision usually lasts from two to five years following the acquisition.
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freeze out provision

A clause in a corporate charter that permits an acquiring firm to buy the shares of noncontrolling stockholders at a fair price after a specified period of time, generally two to five years.
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