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Private

That which affects, characterizes, or belongs to an individual person, as opposed to the general public.

private

(Confidential), adjective abstruse, arcane, clandestine, closet, concealed, covert, cryptic, dark, esoteric, esoterical, hidden, intimate, inviolable, mysterious, off-the-record, personal, privy, recondite, undercover, undisclosable, undivulgable, unrevealable
Associated concepts: private papers, private writings

private

(Not public), adjective closed, confined, individual, individualized, limited, nonofficial, not open, personalized, privatus, reserved, select, unofficial
Associated concepts: private action, private agreement, priiate bill, private carrier, private corporation, private deteccive, private dwelling, private employment, private enterrrise, private grant, private institution, private investigator, private nuissance, private property, private purposes, priiate sale, private statute, private trust, private use
Foreign phrases: Privatum incommodum publico bono pensatur.Private inconvenience is compensated for by public benefit. Pactis privatorum juri publico non derooatur. Private contracts do not derogate from public law. Jura publica anteferenda privatis. Public rights are to be preferred to private rights.

private

(Secluded), adjective apart, cloistered, hidden, inaccessible, insular, isolated, out-of-the-way, quiet, remote, removed, seclusive, separate, solitary, unfrequented
See also: blind, concealed, confidence, confidential, covert, esoteric, furtive, individual, interior, internal, intimate, obscure, personal, privy, remote, residential, secret, separate, several, solitary, surreptitious

LAW, PRIVATE. An act of the legislature which relates to some private matters, which do not concern the public at large.

PRIVATE. Not general, as a private act of the legislature; not in office; as, a private person, as well as an officer, may arrest a felon; individual, as your private interest; not public, as a private way, a private nuisance.

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In addition to agency theory, empirical studies covering both eras of PTP transactions identify a number of common explanations surrounding the decision to go private, finding some internal financial explanations.
On the other hand, other firms go private by buying out the public shareholders (their shares no longer trade in any market), and no longer provide publicly available financial information about the company.
Hypothesis 6: The likelihood of a firm to go private decreases with Tobin' Q and stock performance.
The predictions follow comments by Michael Beloff, president of Trinity College, Oxford, who said Oxford University could go private in the next 15 to 20 years to avoid government interference on admissions.
The surgery chose to go private and slash its lists as dentists feel a new incoming NHS contract will mean the erosion of patient care.
Tories claim they will not force people to go private.
NEW YORK-The reasons are clear for a public company to go private during an economic downturn, as Springs did two weeks ago.
Selyunin's more skeptical colleague, Boris Pinsker, argues that the privatization effort has been largely a fraud: The bigger, state-subsidized enterprises, he says, continue to receive subsidies and credits even after they go private, so that they enjoy the benefits of ownership without its risks, and "the umbilical cord connecting these properties to the state is not severed.
An interesting question that remains is why certain firms choose to go private while others remain public through a leveraged recapitalization.
It sent letters to its 6,000 patients saying it was quitting the NHS to go private ( blaming Government changes and a shortage of funding.