irrevocable undertaking Also known as a lock-up. A binding agreement by a target shareholder to accept a takeover offer. An irrevocable undertaking may be either hard (binding in all circumstances), soft (ceases to be binding if a higher offer emerges) or semi-hard (ceases to be binding if a higher offer emerges which exceeds the existing offer by an agreed amount).

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