Acquiring control of a corporation, called a target, by stock purchase or exchange, either hostile or friendly. also called takeover.

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Microsoft recently solidified the acquisition of Nokia and its CEO for $7.2 billion.

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Typically it is more difficult for large firms to make acquisitions of other large firms because shareholders are often displaced as the separation of ownership occurs. acquisitions involving smaller companies are more popular today because there is less value to be lost.

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