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Can a publicly traded company invest in a privately owned corporation?

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Can a public traded company invest in a privately owned company for equity?

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Short answer is yes.

Longer answer is that each company may have internal guidelines about such investments; and depending on the size of the investment, there may be reporting requirements and standards of reasonableness to be met.

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There is no legal restriction on an investment in a non-public company by one that is publicly held. It happens frequently. Many "start up" owners have in mind to make their company attractive to a large, publicly traded company so they can get acquired. The hard part, of course is creating a company which has true value which will be attractive to an established, publicly traded company.

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It certainly can. However, the officers of the company have a fiduciary duty not to act in their own self-interest.

The foregoing is not legal advice nor is it in any manner whatsoever meant to create or impute an attorney/client relationship.

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