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    1. January 7, 2014

      UBS and Credit Suisse ready to pare back investment banks

      Switzerland’s two largest lenders are prepared to scale back their investment banking operations further if the country’s...

    2. April 4, 2013

      Lombard: Good case for trio’s censure

      Who killed Cock Robin? A parliamentary report on the near-collapse of Halifax Bank of Scotland pins much of the blame on...

    1. March 24, 2013

      Activists cast out sleepy executives

      Activist investors grew stronger in their attempts to replace chief executives and sleepy board members, ousting senior...

    2. February 22, 2013

      Knight Vinke wins Darty board seat

      Darty has bowed to demands from activist investor Knight Vinke for a seat on its board, appointing its chief executive Eric...

    3. FT Alphaville

      November 20, 2012

      A sharp protest vote at Xstrata (but the deal goes on)

      Maybe this was inevitable after the Qataris said they would approve Xstrata’s merger with Glenstrata, but would abstain on...

    4. September 13, 2012

      Darty investors rebel despite resignation

      The resignation of Thierry Falque-Pierrotin as chief executive of Darty has failed to prevent a shareholder backlash at the...

    5. FT Alphaville

      September 10, 2012

      The (early) Lunch Wrap

      Good morning, New York… FT ALPHAVILLE The latest in Glencore x Xstrata from a statement Monday morning: “In order to provide...

    6. September 7, 2012

      Glencore raises stakes in Xstrata deal

      The $80bn merger between commodities giant Glencore and Xstrata exploded back into life on Friday after the trader made an...

    7. August 31, 2012

      Glenstrata faces further headwinds

      Glencore and Xstrata’s $70bn merger plans were dealt further blows this week as several prominent investors in the mining...

    8. August 22, 2012

      Glencore’s familiar story of CEO hubris

      Deal-making is a game of chicken. So when Ivan Glasenberg, head of the world’s largest commodities trader, said this week...

    9. August 10, 2012

      Small-cap week: Physiomics soars on deal

      Shares in Physiomics spiked higher on Friday after it announced a new deal with what it called a “top five pharma company”,...

    10. August 9, 2012

      Darty devises turnround with Knight Vinke

      Darty, the electricals retailer formerly known as Kesa, is to work with Knight Vinke, the activist investor, to devise a new...

    11. July 3, 2012

      Knight Vinke opposes $59bn Xstrata merger

      Knight Vinke, a top 20 shareholder in Xstrata, has come out against the miner’s $59bn merger with Glencore, the commodities...

    12. June 27, 2012

      Desert wind blows over Glencore bid

      It is an unusual day in the City of London when blue-chip fund managers cheer the surprise intervention of a Middle Eastern...

    13. June 27, 2012

      Glencore crunch meeting over merger

      Glencore and Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund will on Wednesday hold a crunch meeting to discuss the planned merger between the...

    14. FT Alphaville

      December 21, 2011

      Knight Vinke eyes Carrefour board seat

      Knight Vinke, the US activist fund, is talking to Carrefour about the possibility of taking a seat on the board of the...

    15. December 20, 2011

      Knight Vinke eyes Carrefour board seat

      Knight Vinke, the US activist fund, is talking to Carrefour about the possibility of taking a seat on the board of the...

    16. FT Alphaville

      November 9, 2011

      The Comet trousseau

      OpCapita LLP is a private investment firm that focuses on operational change opportunities in the European retail and...

    17. November 9, 2011

      Kesa offloads Comet to investment firm for £2

      Kesa says it expects to make a total writedown of €200m (£170m) after the disposal of its lossmaking Comet electricals chain...

    18. October 19, 2011

      Carrefour under fire over governance

      Carrefour has come under fire from one of its activist investors who is calling for the board to name an independent...

    19. September 15, 2011

      Comet’s sales shock casts doubts on disposal

      A disastrous sales performance from Comet, the electrical retailer, has added to expectations that parent company Kesa...

    20. September 11, 2011

      Investors falling short as active owners

      Expectations of improved engagement between institutional investors and the companies in which they invest have been high...

    21. September 2, 2011

      Comet sale stumbles over cash dowry

      Hopes for a deal to sell Comet, the lossmaking electrical retailer, are fading as the negotiations over its cash dowry hit a...

    22. August 26, 2011

      Concerns rise over Comet sale

      Second-round bids for Kesa’s troubled Comet chain are set to be submitted next week, amid increasing concern that the sale...

    23. July 4, 2011

      Knight Vinke speaks out on future for Comet

      Activist investor Knight Vinke, the largest shareholder in UK-listed electricals retailer Kesa, has spoken publicly for the...

    24. FT Alphaville

      July 4, 2011

      Knight Vinke tries to set the record straight on Comet

      Knight Vinke has responded to weekend reports that it wants the sale of Comet, the UK arm of Kesa Electricals, dropped with...

    25. June 22, 2011

      Kesa confirms lossmaking Comet up for sale

      A Comet store, Stevenage Kesa, the electrical retail group, confirmed that Comet, its lossmaking UK division, is up for...

    26. May 26, 2011

      A stark warning for Italian leaders

      From Mr Eric Knight. Sir, Standard & Poor’s recent downgrading of the long-term credit outlook for Italy (“Euro and bonds...

    27. May 16, 2011

      Kesa considers selling Comet stores

      Kesa Electricals is considering a sale of its 250 Comet-branded UK stores as Thierry Falque-Pierrotin, chief executive,...

    28. May 5, 2011

      Carrefour chief struggles amid divisions

      When Lars Olofsson, Carrefour chief executive, unveiled plans to overhaul the group’s financial structure in early March, he...

    29. May 5, 2011

      Carrefour: at sixes and sevens

      It is usually a good sign when a company shelves a plan that most of its shareholders do not like. It shows it is listening....

    30. May 5, 2011

      Carrefour shelves property sale as French chief quits

      Carrefour has shelved a contentious plan to spin off its property into a separate listed unit, just as the departure of a...

    31. April 27, 2011

      Micro Focus slips as dealers await trade statement

      Micro Focus was among the talking points in a flat London market on Wednesday. Its shares drifted back by 0.6 per cent to...

    32. April 12, 2011

      Investors square up over Carrefour split

      True to its name, Carrefour now stands at a crossroads. The French retailer, the world’s second biggest by sales, is facing...

    33. March 28, 2011

      Critical mass is vital to hold groups to account

      From “absentee landlords” to “financial gamblers” investors in UK companies have been easy targets – whether as careless...

    34. March 27, 2011

      Internationally accepted model remains elusive

      Past US corporate scandals have prompted governance reforms such as those relating to auditing standards after Enron and...

    35. March 10, 2011

      Only a mining merger would make sense

      From Mr Eric Knight. Sir, Investors recognise that Xstrata trades at a discount to its peers because of its current...

    36. February 13, 2011

      Activists are back and bolder than ever

      Activist investors are making a comeback, flexing their muscles in an increasing number of companies following the financial...

    37. January 19, 2011

      Kesa warns of losses at UK chain

      Shares in Kesa Electricals fell nearly 10 per cent on Wednesday after it warned that profits would be at the lower end of...

    38. December 21, 2010

      It’s no big deal as investors eye 2011

      In what has been a stop-start year for dealmaking, one sector of the market has proved notably tough: the megamerger....

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