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Glossary of Terms

Set out below is a Glossary of standard transactional terminology for private equity and corporate finance transactions. Use the filter menu if you are looking for a specific term, or to navigate the Glossary alphabetically.

A float/going PublicA UK float/quote/flotation/quotation is when a company offers their shares to be publically bought and sold on an exchange such as the London Stock Exchange (LSE), the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) or Plus Markets.

AcquisitionOne company taking over a controlling interest of another company.

Asset saleThe sale of the company's assets rather than a purchase of shares.