Hedge Fund Glossary

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Material Adverse Change

this phrase refers to a “material adverse change” in something — generally either the business (see Business MAC) or the market (see Market MAC). This term is used in two general contexts: either (i) as a Condition Precedent (for instance, a seller would not have to close on an acquisition if there had been a Material Adverse Change to the business) or (ii) as a qualifier to a Representation and Warranty (for instance, the environmental representation is limited to instances where violations of the representation could (or would) lead to a Material Adverse Change). However, when used as a qualifier to a Representation and Warranty, most agreements use the term Material Adverse Effect. See MAE Qualifier.

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