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The practice of selling shares of a company back to existing shareholders at a price substantially higher than that at which they were bought in exchange for discontinuing a hostile takeover.

[green, money + (black)mail.]

green′mail′ v.
green′mail′er n.
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(Banking & Finance) a person or company who engages in greenmail
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During the eighties, Icahn was characterized in the financial press as a corporate greenmailer. He was the prototype for Gordon Gekko, the "greed is good" character in the movie Wall Street.