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    1. February 20, 2015

      Sotheby’s faces second activist attack

      Sotheby’s has been thrown into fresh turmoil after an activist investor attacked the board of the New York-based auction...

    2. February 19, 2015

      Daniel Loeb pins hopes for Fanuc change on Abenomics

      In spite of no sign of engagement from Fanuc so far, Daniel Loeb says he is hopeful of change in Japan’s secretive robot...

    1. February 18, 2015

      An activist raid forces new logic on Fanuc robot factory

      On a wall in Fanuc’s secretive research laboratory at the foot of Mount Fuji is a clock set to run 10-times faster than...

    2. February 15, 2015

      The week: February 16

      Elliott Management, the US hedge fund, has launched a legal battle against Hong Kong’s Bank of East Asia. The US activist...

    3. February 12, 2015

      Fanuc put under uncomfortable spotlight by Daniel Loeb’s campaign

      Long hidden behind a veil of secrecy, Fanuc, the world’s biggest maker of factory robots, has been thrust into an...

    4. February 11, 2015

      Fanuc: press to activate

      Fanuc, a Japanese maker of factory robots, has no interest in the Turing test. Management has long turned away from other...

    5. February 11, 2015

      Loeb’s Third Point takes aim at Fanuc

      A famed US activist investor is taking on one of Japan’s most obsessive companies in what promises to be an epic clash of...

    6. February 2, 2015

      Peer-to-peer lender SoFi raises $200m

      SoFi, the peer-to-peer lender that specialises in student loans, has raised $200m in a financing round that values the...

    7. December 23, 2014

      Activist investors: dog days

      The dogs have chased down the car. What do they do with it? If 2014 was the year that activist investing went mainstream —...

    8. December 19, 2014

      Amy Pascal: A studio boss caught in real-life thriller

      From Senate intelligence committee rebukes over factual inaccuracies in the film Zero Dark Thirty to stinging criticism from...

    9. December 8, 2014

      Bill Ruprecht to hold fort at Sotheby’s amid hunt for successor

      Rapid leadership turnover at the top of the world’s largest auction houses has sent waves through the international art...

    10. December 5, 2014

      Auction houses: Troubleshooters

      The 75,000 hedge fund managers, oligarchs, wealthy family scions, gallery owners and hangers-on who throng the Art Basel...

    11. December 2, 2014

      Christie’s chief Murphy to step down

      Steven Murphy has stunned the art world by revealing he will step down as Christie’s chief executive at the end of this...

    12. November 21, 2014

      Investors push up Sotheby’s shares on chief’s planned exit

      Shares in Sotheby’s rose almost 7 per cent in New York on Friday after the announcement that chief executive and chairman...

    13. November 21, 2014

      Loeb wins battle to appoint Dow Chemical directors

      Dow Chemical has agreed to appoint two directors nominated and paid by Third Point, the activist hedge fund, in a concession...

    14. November 20, 2014

      Sotheby’s chief Bill Ruprecht to step down

      Bill Ruprecht, Sotheby’s chairman and chief executive, is to leave the auction house 13 months after activist investor Dan...

    15. November 10, 2014

      Sotheby’s narrows third-quarter losses

      Sotheby’s said it had narrowed its losses in the latest quarter, days after hosting an impressionist sale that brought in...

    16. October 22, 2014

      Dow chief responds to Loeb pressure

      Dow Chemical’s management team are “going to be great listeners” to ideas from shareholders on improving the company’s...

    17. October 22, 2014

      Dow Chemical dips after early gains

      America’s biggest chemicals company, Dow Chemical, rallied before paring back gains on Wednesday after reporting strong...

    18. October 22, 2014

      Amgen: splitting hairs

      Dan Loeb lacks ambition. The investor thinks that Amgen, the big US biotech, should break in two. Why stop there? Amgen...

    19. October 21, 2014

      Loeb urges Amgen to explore a break-up

      The activist hedge fund manager Dan Loeb has turned his fire on Amgen, calling on the biotechnology company to follow one of...

    20. October 10, 2014

      Apple/Carl Icahn: epistolary romance

      “A review of your record reveals years of value destruction and strategic blunders which have led us to dub you one of the...

    21. September 14, 2014

      Activist hedge funds up by $8bn despite concern over risk

      Activist hedge funds, which agitate for corporate change, have seen their asset base grow by $8bn this year, despite rising...

    22. September 8, 2014

      Hertz shares rise as chief executive departs

      Shares in Hertz, the car rental company struggling with accounting problems, rose on Monday after its chief executive...

    23. FT Alphaville

      September 8, 2014

      Towards reaction point at Dow Chemical

      Dow Chemical announced some management changes on Monday. Chief Financial Officer William H. (Bill) Weideman has elected to...

    24. 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...

    25. 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,...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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