Share class

In finance a share class or share classification are different types of shares in company stock that have different levels of voting rights. For example, a company might create two classes of shares class A share and a class B share where the class A shares have less rights than class B shareholders. This may be done to maintain control of a company by a group of shareholders or to make a company more difficult to take over.[1]

For example, a company may create preferred stock as a poison pill that so that all Shareholder of common stock cannot agree to a merger or takeover plan.


Companies can have the following classes:[2]

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