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What Is Form DEFM 14A?

Form DEFM14A must be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) prior to a merger or acquisition that will require a shareholder vote. Under The Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the form is meant to uphold shareholders' rights by providing them with enough information to enable them to vote on the M&A action at a security holders' meeting or via a proxy vote that they authorize.

Also known as the “definitive statement relating to merger or acquisition,” each filed Form DEFM14A is displayed publicly online using the SEC's EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval) system.

The filing includes: date, time and place of the meeting of security holders; revocability of proxy; dissenter's right of appraisal; individuals making the solicitation; direct or indirect interest of certain persons; modification or exchange of securities; financing information and financial statements; risk factors; voting procedures; acquisition or disposition of property; amendment of charter, bylaws, or other documents; and other key details.

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