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Question 1: When the company gets bought out (or taken private) - at a dramatically lower price - the ________ artist gains a windfall from the former top executive's actions to surreptitiously reduce share price.
Corporate financeLeveraged buyoutTakeoverStock

Question 2: This can be in the form of cash, equity, and other benefits, and is often accompanied by an accelerated vesting of ________.
Futures contractOption (finance)Derivatives marketDerivative (finance)

Question 3: [1] - The Guinness World Records page on F. Ross Johnson, the record holder for largest Golden handshake (US$53,800,000 from RJR Nabisco) in ________

Question 4: Typically, "golden handshakes" are offered only to high-ranking executives by major ________ and may entail a value measured in millions of dollars.
Corporate lawCorporationCompanies lawCompany

Question 5: It is fairly easy for a top executive to reduce the price of his/her company's stock - due to ________.
Information asymmetryContract theoryEconomicsInformation economics

Question 6: Similar issues occur when a publicly held asset or non-profit organization undergoes ________.
CapitalismPrivatizationDeregulationPrivate finance initiative

Question 7: This is just one example of some of the ________ / perverse incentive issues involved with golden handshakes and golden parachutes.
EconomicsLawCorporate crimePrincipal-agent problem

Question 8: A golden handshake is a clause in an executive employment contract that provides the executive with a significant severance package in the case that the executive loses his or her job through ________, restructuring, or even scheduled retirement.
Constructive dismissalHealth insurance in the United StatesWorkplace bullyingFiring


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