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Closely Held Corporation

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A closely held corporation is a corporation in which more than half of the shares are held by fewer than 5 individuals. Closely held corporations are private companies, and are not publicly held. In a closely held corporation, if one of the shareholders wants to sell some or all of his/her shares, the sale must take place with one of the other existing shareholders, since no sale of shares can take place.

A closely held corporation is a private corporation, but a private corporation may or may not be closely held. In a closely held corporation, the management of the business may overlap with the primary shareholders.

Also Known As: Privately held corporation (mistakenly, as they are not the same)

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