Clandestine Takeover

DEFINITION of 'Clandestine Takeover'

An attempt to gain control over a company through secretive means. Clandestine takeover attempts are often launched against publicly-traded companies where individuals can acquire shares on the secondary market without disclosing their activities. This may be advantageous in situations where existing management would be hostile to a conventional takeover bid.

BREAKING DOWN 'Clandestine Takeover'

Ownership disclosure laws differ from country to country. In the United States, one is normally required to disclose ownership positions of more than 5%. Depending on the disclosure rules in force in a particular jurisdiction, there may be means available to gain effective control of even larger ownership stakes without triggering disclosure requirements.