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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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