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Scorched Earth Policy

An antitakeover measure in which a company sells many or all of its "good" or desirable assets and/or issues an extraordinary amount of debt. A scorched earth policy is designed to make the company less attractive to potential acquirers. The obvious disadvantage to a scorched earth policy is the possibility that, even if the company remains independent, it may have acquired so many liabilities that it may not be able to maintain its operations easily. See also: Poison pill, Suicide pill.

scorched earth

An antitakeover strategy in which the target firm disposes of those assets or divisions considered particularly desirable by the raider. Thus, by making itself less attractive, the target discourages the takeover attempt. Such a strategy is almost certain to penalize the shareholders of the target firm. Compare crown jewel.
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THERE has to be a scorched-earth policy as far as the re-bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups is concerned.
At the same time the insurgents continued scorched-earth attacks on villages 125 miles to the south in Adamawa state, slitting throats of residents, looting and burning homes and abducting dozens of trapped women and children, according to Vandu Kainu and other escaping survivors.
Jubori pointed out that the struggle of wills which is ongoing between terrorist groups such as militias and Dsh would translates scorched-earth policy while the citizen pays dearly the price .
The contributors examine the book's provocation, the perpetuator's point of view, the idea of memory and intertext, historical perspectives, the reception of Adelphic incest in Nabakov and Little, the aesthetics of violence, the similarity of certain perpetuators, visibility and iconography in the German language, the narrative's real target audience, how Nazis undermine their own point of view, manufacturing memories, infamous "I" notes in Little and Celine, the scorched-earth principle, allegiance and guilt in a totalitarian perpetrator, an historian's view, and a German reading.
A three-judge court ruled that he had full knowledge and control over a scorched-earth policy carried out by the military that killed thousands of indigenous people in the north-western highlands.
Meanwhile, activists claimed there have been execution-style killings as part of a scorched-earth campaign to clear the rebel-held area of Homs.
Interestingly, on the page facing his column in Tribune is an article by Jan Levcik on the battle for Czechoslovakia and how the Nazis were feverishly resisting and preparing "the most ruthless scorched-earth policy".
He said troops burned wheat crops in three villages near Jisr al-Shughour in a scorched-earth policy.
They began attacking villages and burning crops in a scorched-earth policy designed to break the will of the local residents who had participated in protests demanding democracy an end to Assad's autocratic rule.
Cllr Briggs said he felt the Government's scorched-earth policy toward national parks would damage investment in protecting the natural environment, in preserving listed buildings and monuments, in managing the national park for recreation and in promoting understanding through visitor centres.
Yemen launched a scorched-earth campaign against Houthi rebels in August, breathing life into a conflict that has simmered since 2004.
And yet the real work in its scorched-earth path has barely begun.