Crown Jewel Defense

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What is a Crown Jewel Defense? Meaning.

What is a Crown Jewel?

In Corporate Finance and M&A, a "Crown Jewel" is a particularly profitable or otherwise particularly valuable corporate unit or asset of a firm.

What is a Crown Jewel Defense Mechanism?

The Crown Jewel Defense is an Anti Hostile Takeover Mechanism in which the target firm sells off attractive assets (the crown jewels) to a friendly third party or spins off the valuable assets in a separate entity.


As a consequence, the target company becomes less attractive to the bidder.

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