South Korea considers Poison Pills

The Korean Justice Ministry stated this week that Korea has ‘made hostile M&A attacks easy by removing a ceiling on foreign stock investments, but it has not had any means to prevent hostile M&A’. It has announced public hearings to consider proposals to provide for the use of poison pills. Reuters reported that business groups have called for a clause to allow an acquisition target to issue new shares to designated shareholders at a preset low price, thus diluting the ownership value for a hostile bidder.

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South Korea Considers Letting Companies Use Poison Pills

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