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  1. August 20, 2014

    US hedge funds hope to bridge European cultural divide

    In Henry James’s late 19th century novel The American, a brash businessman travels to France in search of a wife only to...

  2. 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,...

  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. August 10, 2014

    ‘Activism has become a marketing strategy’

    This year has arguably been the year of the activist within hedge fund circles. The likes of Bill Ackman, Dan Loeb and Carl...

  3. July 14, 2014

    Sotheby’s joins forces with eBay

    Sotheby’s has partnered with eBay in a bid to add another distribution channel for its live auctions, saying it wants to...

  4. June 18, 2014

    Strong quarter boosts FedEx’s full-year income

    Shares in FedEx, the parcel delivery company, surged in early trading in New York after it published better than expected...

  5. June 6, 2014

    Hertz shares plunge on accounting probe

    Shares in Hertz tumbled 9 per cent on Friday after the US car rental business warned it might have to restate the last three...

  6. May 11, 2014

    Poison pills: legitimate victory

    Winning an election on the merits of an argument is tougher than buying it. So Dan Loeb must be gratified by his victory at...

  7. May 7, 2014

    Modern art auctions are as baffling as the paintings

    On Tuesday in New York, modern art collectors will get the chance to spend tens of millions dollars on paintings such as...

  8. May 7, 2014

    Sotheby’s narrows quarterly losses as Loeb steps on board

    Record London sales coupled with rising numbers of emerging market art collectors propelled Sotheby’s to a better than...

  9. May 5, 2014

    Sotheby’s: Picture Imperfect

    Free choice beats a forced option. But sometimes Plan C is needed. Sotheby’s shareholders have come to appreciate this in...

  10. May 5, 2014

    Loeb secures three Sotheby’s board seats

    Sotheby’s, the 270-year-old auction house, is to give board seats to Dan Loeb and two of his nominees, after succumbing to...

  11. FT Alphaville

    May 2, 2014

    The London 6am Cut

    Ukraine PM warns of ‘most dangerous 10 days’: “Ukraine’s interim prime minister said on Thursday his country was entering...

  12. May 1, 2014

    Third Point puts pressure on Dow Chemical

    Third Point, the hedge fund led by activist investor Daniel Loeb, has raised the pressure on Dow Chemical to improve...

  13. April 29, 2014

    Emails reveal Sotheby’s board concerns

    Members of Sotheby’s board privately worried about executive pay and perks and about the performance of chief executive...

  14. April 24, 2014

    Sotheby’s battle framed by artistic taste

    A bitter battle for seats on Sotheby’s board might come down to who has the most impressive art collection. Hedge fund...

  15. April 23, 2014

    Shareholder activism: Battle for the boardroom

    For most of his long career as a Wall Street attorney, Martin Lipton has been the man to call when companies find themselves...

  16. April 16, 2014

    Yahoo brings co-founder and Schwab on board

    Yahoo is set to bring back its co-founder to join the former dotcom darling’s board, as well as proposing to add Charles...

  17. April 8, 2014

    Sotheby’s hits back in battle with Loeb

    Sotheby’s has attacked Daniel Loeb’s record as a director of public companies, as it stepped up its defence against the...

  18. March 28, 2014

    Top M&A lawyer attacks activist investors

    The head of one of America’s top mergers and acquisitions law firms has launched an attack on the country’s best-known...

  19. March 25, 2014

    Loeb files lawsuit over Sotheby’s poison pill

    The bitter battle between Sotheby’s and its largest shareholder Dan Loeb has shifted from the boardroom to the courtroom,...

  20. March 18, 2014

    Hertz announces equipment hire spin-off

    Hertz, the US car rental business, has announced plans to spin off its construction equipment hire division into a separate,...

  21. March 16, 2014

    Stanley Gibbons aims to lick rivals with virtual market place in stamps

    A company doesn’t have to be large to have a big name or grand ambitions. Stanley Gibbons, with its distinctive shopfront...

  22. 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...

  23. February 27, 2014

    Loeb pushes for board seats at Sotheby’s

    Dan Loeb, the activist investor, will try to force his way on to the board of Sotheby’s at the company’s next annual...

  24. February 20, 2014

    BlackBerry shares benefit from WhatsApp deal

    BlackBerry shares bounced strongly as the Facebook purchase of WhatsApp chat app in a deal for up to $19bn placed attention...

  25. February 14, 2014

    Dan Loeb builds 1.9% BlackBerry stake

    The activist hedge fund manager Dan Loeb has taken a stake in BlackBerry, the ailing smartphone maker, in a move that...

  26. February 7, 2014

    The Art Market: Sotheby’s Impressionist and modern art auction scores £163.5m

    “The market for Impressionist and modern art is alive and kicking,” declared Sotheby’s specialist Helena Newman at the end...

  27. February 6, 2014

    Sony sheds PCs as it warns on profits

    Sony’s empire Sony, once the world’s premier consumer technology brand, has admitted defeat in its battle to revive two of...

  28. FT Alphaville

    February 6, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Lary Fink is relaxed. Co-founder Jason Gissing has offered a view on the much hyped...

  29. January 29, 2014

    Dow and Sotheby’s act to please investors

    Two companies under pressure from outspoken activist US investor Daniel Loeb on Wednesday responded with moves aimed at...

  30. January 29, 2014

    Sotheby’s offers special dividend in attempt to placate activists

    Sotheby’s will pay shareholders a special dividend totalling $300m in March as part of a series of moves designed to placate...

  31. FT Alphaville

    January 23, 2014

    What happens next at Dow Chemical

    We said to keep an eye on Dow and that advice hasn’t changed. With one activist out there in public (Loeb), the possibility...

  32. FT Alphaville

    January 21, 2014

    The Closer

    FURTHER FURTHER READING - Chris Blattman grades the annual Bill and Melinda Gates letter on poverty and aid predictions. -...

  33. January 21, 2014

    Loeb stake turns heat on Dow Chemical

    Daniel Loeb, one of Wall Street’s most aggressive hedge fund managers, has taken a stake in Dow Chemical and called for the...

  34. FT Alphaville

    January 21, 2014

    Loeb vs Liveris, the activist emerges

    Well, well — it turns out the long-expected activist in Dow Chemical stock is poison pen wielder Dan Loeb. Third Point, his...

  35. December 29, 2013

    Activist hedge funds launch fight for right to pay bonuses

    Activist hedge funds are fighting for the right to pay bonuses to directors that they place on corporate boards. This comes...

  36. December 27, 2013

    The Art Market: The beginning of a new world order for sales?

    Will 2013 go down in art market history as the peak of a boom, or the beginning of a new world order for art sales? After...

  37. December 18, 2013

    FedEx earnings disappoint as customers seek cheaper options

    Earnings for FedEx, the express parcels delivery service, improved less than expected in the three months to the end of...

  38. December 16, 2013

    Sotheby’s appoints luxury veteran Domenico De Sole to board

    Sotheby’s has appointed a leading luxury industry executive to head its board of independent directors against a backdrop of...

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