safe harbor

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Noun1.safe harbor - the target company defends itself by acquiring a company so onerously regulated that it makes the target less attractive; "the acquisition gave the company a safe harbor"
porcupine provision, shark repellent - a measure undertaken by a corporation to discourage unwanted takeover attempts
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Jessie was so earnest in her motherly anxiety that her voice faltered over the last words, and she hugged the yellow heads closer in her arms, as if she feared to let them leave that safe harbour for the great sea where so many little boats go down.
We brought our ship into a safe harbour without a word, for some god guided us thither, and having landed we lay there for two days and two nights, worn out in body and mind.
Now I seemed landed in a safe harbour, after the stormy voyage of life past was at an end, and I began to be thankful for my deliverance.
Global Banking News-July 21, 2017--Partner Colorado Credit Union launches safe harbour services
Therefore, recipients located in the US who certify their adherence to the privacy principles issued by the US Department of Commerce in its Safe Harbour Policy ("Safe Harbour Policy") have previously been granted adequate protection status under the DIFC Data Protection Law and its Regulations.
The government has issued "safe harbour" rules to bring greater clarity in cross-border transactions.
The EU-US Safe Harbour agreement was hailed by many for enabling US companies to continue to transfer data from the EU to the US if they pledged to adhere to the principles enshrined in the EU's Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC).
The CFA invited comments on various issues including experience with extant forms of transfer pricing administrative simplification measures and their effectiveness; the different types of "safe harbours" and how best to describe and differentiate among them; and the advantages and disadvantages of safe harbour rules and other forms of transfer pricing administrative simplification, from both practical and policy perspectives.
The aforementioned safe harbour provisions, which limit taxpayer liability in certain circumstances where a taxpayer engages a registered tax agent, (43) have been enacted as part of the tax agent services reforms that have occurred through a process of consultation over the last decade.
A 2004 EU commission on the Safe Harbor similarly urged the FTC to "undertake sua sponte investigations where questions exist regarding Safe Harbour compliance." (325) The FTC already has procedures in place for accepting public complaints.
ONLY 47 companies have signed up to the Safe Harbour Scheme to transfer data from the UK to the USA in line with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998.