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BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP Definition & Legal Meaning

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When an entity holds voting control by owning more than 5% of the publicly offered shares of a company. This must be reported on a Schedule 13D under Section 12 of the according to the Securities & Exchange Commission.


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