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Holding Company

A company that sits on top of (or “holds” the Equity of) the Subsidiary that is below it. This concept sometimes connotes a company that does nothing else (i.e., has no operations).

Holding Period

Period of time in which a Stockholder must hold its Shares in a company for a specified reason. Some examples include tax holdings periods (i.e., for either short-term or long-term Capital Gain treatment), Vesting periods or a reference to securities laws that require the holding of Shares for certain time periods to be able to resell without registration under the Securities Act.

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