In a surprise move by Capcom investors at their shareholders’ meeting, the company announced that they will not be renewing their takeover defense. A takeover defense is a series of countermeasures ensuring that no other company can gain majority control over Capcom’s stocks.
These defenses were a series of legal manuevers put in place after a vote by shareholders in 2008. This by no way means that Capcom will be immediately acquired by outside companies nor will Capcom cease to defend itself in case it ever does happen (says Capcom in their official statement). My guess is with the recent financial troubles hitting everyone from Sony to Atlus in Japan, a life-vest in the form of a potential buy-out might not seem like a bad thing anymore.