Definition of fairness opinion in US English:

fairness opinion


  • A professional opinion, provided by an investment bank or other third party, about whether the price offered in a merger or acquisition deal is reasonable.

    ‘the offer was put to shareholders without a customary fairness opinion by a financial adviser’
    • ‘As in fairness opinions, the valuation here can be manipulated.’
    • ‘For their part, investment bankers defend fairness opinions.’
    • ‘The crusade could aid reformers who argue that independent firms should write fairness opinions.’
    • ‘BTG hired Quarterdeck to write the fairness opinion on the deal it had negotiated.’
    • ‘Flowers issued a "fairness opinion" on the deal, endorsing the 70% premium Bank of America paid for the shares of Merrill Lynch.’