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Last year aggressive shareholder actions inspired some of the biggest corporate battles in the European markets and an increase in shareholder activism is forecast for 2008
Proposals to elect three directors endorsed by the activist shareholders were passed, paving the way for an overhaul of the struggling fund’s structure and strategy
Activist investor Novator, the Finnish telephone company’s largest shareholder, has raised the stakes by demanding big changes to its structure and strategy
Norwegian activist investors have built a strategic stake in struggling Norske Skog, the world’s second-largest newsprint producer, and have called a general meeting to halt the company’s planned capacity cuts
Activist investors face family control at companies and political opposition in Germany, and although they have attracted a lot of attention, their track record is mixed
Far too many local institutional investors remain deferential to management, writes Sundeep Tucker
Shareholder activism has turned the investment landscape on its head, writes Kate Burgess