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

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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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.
But Warwick University spokeswoman Jenny Murray said: "It's unlikely that a university such as Warwick would go private. The university generates 60 per cent of its own income following a pattern for universities to generate more of their own income but it is unlikely to go private."
The report added that acquisition "involving management was the most frequent form of seeking to go private, accounting for 67 percent of announced transactions."
I'm not qualified to teach him and we can't afford to go private."
That change occurred due to decreasing investor confidence after Musk's abrupt assertion that Tesla would go private at $420 per share.
M2 EQUITYBITES-September 16, 2013-Pactera gets offer to go private at USD7.00(C)2013 M2 COMMUNICATIONS
"On Cameron's watch, the NHS is heading back to the 1980s and 90s when patients faced the agonising choice of waiting for treatment or paying to go private."
The only alternative is to go private. In the meantime he gave me another prescription for a tight stocking and said that was the most he could do.
"When you go private, you don't make more money, it is an easier life.