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  1. August 17, 2014

    Biliousness in business does no favours for investors

    In recent weeks we have seen an outbreak of bile in the business world. A disagreement between Amazon, the online retailer,...

  2. August 15, 2014

    Be honest about Network Rail’s £34bn debt

    Network Rail, that phoenix from the ashes of Railtrack, was set up as a “not for profit” company. Well, it has certainly...

  1. August 13, 2014

    Bill Ackman plans to raise $4bn by listing new investment vehicle

    Bill Ackman is planning to raise around $4bn by listing a new investment vehicle in London, in the latest example of a hedge...

  2. July 22, 2014

    Herbalife shares soar 25% as Ackman’s attack fizzles

    Bill Ackman says he has spent $50m trying to prove fraud at Herbalife, but when he set out the results of his undercover...

  3. FT Alphaville

    July 22, 2014

    Ackman and the 100 Club

    Bill Ackman’s presentation in December 2012 was an attempt to simultaneously teach the world what a pyramid scheme looks...

  4. May 30, 2014

    Brute force behind fight for Allergan

    For most high-powered chief executives, sharing a stage with Bill Ackman would be an opportunity to showcase their more...

  5. May 12, 2014

    Allergan warns Valeant bid would hit R&D

    Allergan has launched a robust defence against a near-$50bn bid by rival drugmaker Valeant and activist investor Bill...

  6. May 8, 2014

    ‘Event-driven’ hedge funds leap into lead after rush to invest

    When a hedge fund manager makes a paper profit of $1bn in a single day, it attracts attention. Bill Ackman’s 9.7 per cent...

  7. FT Alphaville

    April 24, 2014

    "A complete and absolute violation of our rules"

    That’s Herbalife President Des Walsh, telling ABC News that he is appalled at the behaviour of distributors who were...

  8. April 23, 2014

    Allergan fights back in pharma deals frenzy

    Battle lines were being drawn in the dealmaking frenzy gripping the global pharmaceuticals industry as the maker of Botox...

  9. April 22, 2014

    Valeant raises eyebrows with Ackman link

    Bill Ackman infused hard economic logic with an anecdote about chicken burritos on Tuesday, as he set out to justify his...

  10. April 22, 2014

    Harley-Davidson races up S&P leaderboard

    Harley-Davidson, the maker of the eponymous motorcycles, raced up the S&P 500’s leaderboard after reporting better than...

  11. April 22, 2014

    Allergan contests details of $45.6bn Valeant bid

    A takeover battle at the top of the world’s drugs industry emerged on Tuesday after Allergan, the maker of Botox, claimed to...

  12. April 21, 2014

    Ackman drives bid for Botox maker Allergan

    Bill Ackman and Valeant Pharmaceuticals have teamed up to launch an unsolicited bid for Allergan, the maker of Botox, in a...

  13. March 24, 2014

    Icahn boosts influence at Herbalife

    Carl Icahn has increased his influence in the boardroom at Herbalife, the vitamin supplements company which is dealing with...

  14. March 14, 2014

    US wades into Herbalife dust-up

    For more than a year, the question of the fundamental corporate legitimacy of Herbalife has been overshadowed by rival...

  15. March 12, 2014

    Herbalife hit by US ‘pyramid scheme’ probe

    The US Federal Trade Commission has opened a formal investigation into Herbalife, the multi-level marketing company that...

  16. December 24, 2013

    Ackman defends lossmaking Herbalife bet

    Bill Ackman has responded to investors’ questions over his lossmaking bet against Herbalife, after representatives for the...

  17. November 15, 2013

    Ackman takes Fannie and Freddie stakes

    Bill Ackman became the latest hedge fund manager to wager that there is money to be made from a stake in Fannie Mae and...

  18. September 26, 2013

    Air Products CEO to retire after pressure from Ackman

    The chief executive of Air Products will retire and three independent directors will join the industrial gas company’s board...

  19. August 26, 2013

    Ackman puts JC Penney stake up for sale

    Bill Ackman has put his stake in JC Penney up for sale as the hedge fund manager prepares to end three years as the biggest...

  20. August 22, 2013

    Ackman reassures investors of ‘progress’

    Bill Ackman has told investors in his $13bn hedge fund Pershing Square that he has made “material progress” in attracting...

  21. August 16, 2013

    Showman has loyal followers

    The grey-haired Bill Ackman is a master of show business: 26 times he has taken his brand of activism to the stock-owning...

  22. August 16, 2013

    Activists keep fighting despite setbacks

    A year ago the name of Bill Ackman was a threat, the polite but firm knock at the door which meant life for sleepy...

  23. August 13, 2013

    Activist investor Ackman quits JC Penney board

    The hedge fund activist Bill Ackman has conceded defeat in his battle to oust the leadership of JC Penney by resigning from...

  24. June 3, 2013

    Ackman to reduce Canadian Pacific stake

    Pershing Square, activist investor Bill Ackman’s hedge fund, is to sell almost a third of its 13.8 per cent stake in...

  25. May 24, 2013

    Circus ringmaster of the investment world

    Bill Ackman, the activist hedge fund manager, aimed high when he trained his sights on Bob McDonald. The Procter & Gamble...

  26. April 25, 2013

    Soros boosts JC Penney by taking 8% stake

    George Soros has given JC Penney a boost by taking a 7.9 per cent stake in the troubled department store, joining hedge fund...

  27. April 5, 2013

    Ackman attacks JC Penney chief he picked

    Bill Ackman, the hedge fund manager who is JC Penney’s biggest shareholder, has hit out at the chief executive he installed...

  28. February 28, 2013

    Icahn and Herbalife move against Ackman

    Carl Icahn, the veteran corporate raider, has struck a deal with Herbalife to nominate two directors to the board of the...

  29. February 19, 2013

    Herbalife boosted by profits and revenues

    Herbalife, the nutritional supplement company at the centre of a dispute between hedge fund titans Bill Ackman and Carl...

  30. February 3, 2013

    Activist spat distracts from real targets

    Activist investors spend most of their time attacking each other at present. But it could be a great time for them to get...

  31. January 28, 2013

    Herbalife hit as regulator spooks investors

    Shares in Herbalife dropped as much as 11 per cent in volatile trading on Monday as regulators said they were taking action...

  32. January 25, 2013

    Icahn and Ackman spar over Herbalife

    A long-simmering feud between two of the biggest stars of the hedge fund world burst into public view on Friday as Carl...

  33. January 25, 2013

    P&G raises outlook amid activist pressure

    Procter & Gamble, the world’s biggest consumer group by sales, reported a rise in profit and modest sales growth as it...

  34. January 10, 2013

    Case against Herbalife not proven

    Move over, Broadway. The must-see show in town right now is on Wall Street, where the War of the Hedge Fund Moguls has just...

  35. January 9, 2013

    Hedge funds lock horns over Herbalife

    Two of the biggest names in the hedge fund world locked horns on Wednesday when Dan Loeb’s Third Point disclosed an 8 per...

  36. December 19, 2012

    Ackman triggers Herbalife stock sell-off

    Herbalife lost almost $600m in market value on Wednesday after word reached traders that Bill Ackman, the famous...

  37. July 12, 2012

    Green light for activist’s P&G stake move

    Bill Ackman, the activist investor, has received clearance to take a stake in Procter & Gamble in a sign that he could...

  38. June 28, 2012

    M&A drop spurs activist investors

    With M&A activity down sharply in the first half of the year, activist investors have stepped up their involvement with...

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