It was hard to look away from the Elon Musk-Twitter chronicles that spanned a few weeks. Musk became the social media platform’s biggest shareholder. Then Musk was set to join Twitter’s board. And then he wasn’t.
Then, it looked like he was set to buy Twitter and take it private, then it didn’t. Then it did again. Now, as Musk and Twitter are looking to close the $44 billion buyout offer, each party has set out terms and conditions.
One of the details is that if either party leaves the deal, they have to pay the other a $1 billion kill fee. Additionally, Twitter must cease negotiations with other potential buyers and stop actively looking for other buyers.
But if a new buyer appears and intrigues Twitter, the company has to tell Musk, who will have four days to make a better offer. Even if Musk does not change his offer and Twitter elects to go with the other buyer, it still owes Musk the termination fee.
Should Musk fail to get funding to finance the deal or change his mind, he will owe the kill fee.