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    1. May 21, 2015

      Eurozone companies expected to boost cash returns

      The widest gap between shareholder payouts in Europe and the US for 13 years may start closing, say analysts as the culture...

    2. May 21, 2015

      Electra prepares for rematch with Bramson’s Sherborne

      Electra is enjoying a purple patch. The listed British private equity group’s investments are rising fast in value and it...

    1. May 20, 2015

      Activist hedge funds not so good for shareholders

      Hedge funds are not wildly popular in Europe. The introduction of the Florange law in France — designed to bolster the power...

    2. May 17, 2015

      Yum Brands China operations pique interest of analysts

      Analysts last week descended on Yum Brands in Shanghai with a volley of tough questions after billionaire investor Dan Loeb...

    3. May 15, 2015

      Carl Icahn invests $100m in ride-sharing service Lyft

      Carl Icahn, the activist investor best known for shaking up sleepy boards and underperforming companies, has made a rare...

    4. May 13, 2015

      Nelson Peltz fails to win board seats at DuPont

      Nelson Peltz has been defeated in his attempt to win a board seat at chemicals company DuPont, in the highest-profile battle...

    5. May 13, 2015

      Activist investors take aim at chief of Bank of New York Mellon

      The Wall Street offices of Bank of New York Mellon are steeped in the history of its famous founder, Alexander Hamilton. Yet...

    6. April 29, 2015

      Investors attack Alliance Trust’s last-minute truce with Elliott

      Booing investors in Alliance Trust attacked its board for spending £3m fighting proposals from activist hedge fund Elliott...

    7. April 28, 2015

      Alliance Trust: truce and consequences

      In business as in politics, some alliances are forced. The UK’s Labour party may insist it will not team up with the...

    8. April 28, 2015

      Alliance Trust chief gets a year to improve returns after hedge fund truce

      Alliance Trust brokered a last-minute ceasefire with one of New York’s most aggressive hedge funds which has been strident...

    9. April 24, 2015

      Almost a third of investors refuse to back HSBC pay

      Investors delivered a bloody nose to HSBC over executive pay on Friday, as almost a third refused to approve the bank’s...

    10. April 17, 2015

      Activist Elliot squares up to Alliance Trust

      Buenos Aires, Congo, and now, Dundee. For employees of Elliott, the US hedge fund famed for aggressive and ruthless...

    11. April 17, 2015

      Battle royale plays out behind the scenes at Pinewood studios

      Pinewood faces activist interest Pinewood, the British film studio that is home to the James Bond franchise, is facing a...

    12. April 17, 2015

      Alliance Trust makes renewed pitch to shareholders

      Alliance Trust fired an emotional missive to its shareholders on Friday urging them to support the under-pressure investment...

    13. April 16, 2015

      French companies fight back against Florange double-vote law

      Some of France’s largest companies are preparing a rebellion to counteract a law passed by the country’s socialist...

    14. April 15, 2015

      Norway oil fund begins policy of revealing how it votes

      Norway’s $880bn oil fund will on Wednesday usher in a new era in corporate governance when it begins to disclose in advance...

    15. April 12, 2015

      Crystal Amber eyes new stake in Pinewood Studios

      In the battle for the future of Pinewood Studios, the home of the James Bond films, it seems you only live twice. Michael...

    16. April 8, 2015

      Vivendi reaches deal with rebel shareholder

      Vivendi has reached an agreement with a minority shareholder to increase dividend payments over the next two years, averting...

    17. April 6, 2015

      Vivendi offers to buy majority stake in Dailymotion from Orange

      Vivendi has confirmed that it has made an offer to buy the video sharing site Dailymotion from Orange, the telecoms group....

    18. April 2, 2015

      Beyond the rubber stamp: fund managers and the stewardship dilemma

      An equity fund manager detects the seeds of disaster at a company she invests in: perhaps BP skimping on safety ahead of the...

    19. April 2, 2015

      Vincent Bolloré tightens Vivendi grip with further share purchase

      French industrialist Vincent Bolloré has increased his stake in Vivendi, tightening his grip on the media and content group...

    20. April 2, 2015

      Alliance Trust-Elliott row intensifies

      The row between Alliance Trust and Elliott Advisors deepened on Thursday as the investment trust rejected accusations from...

    21. March 31, 2015

      The cost of confusing shareholder value and short-term profit

      The world economy needs bold investments: $57tn in the next 15 years on infrastructure alone, according to the McKinsey...

    22. March 27, 2015

      A little humility needed at Alliance Trust

      Alliance Trust Savings is a fine product. You pick the shares (or funds) for your Sipp or ISA, and trade at a competitive...

    23. March 27, 2015

      Fanuc parts the curtains on its secretive culture

      Yoshiharu Inaba, Fanuc’s chief executive, does not have enough hours in his day. Most of his time as head of the world’s...

    24. March 24, 2015

      Vivendi investors twist and shout over payouts

      Over the years, Peter Schoenfeld has avoided the sort of aggressive, school-bully image that accompanies so many of his US...

    25. March 23, 2015

      Wall St’s quiet professor Peter Schoenfeld seeks Vivendi shake-up

      Once dubbed Wall Street’s “quiet professor of merger arbitrage”, Peter Schoenfeld is now preparing to create a little noise....

    26. March 23, 2015

      Vivendi hits back at investor P Schoenfeld Asset Management

      Vivendi has hit back at US investor P Schoenfeld Asset Management, insisting that its dividend policy is “well balanced” and...

    27. March 22, 2015

      Bolloré faces activist challenge at Vivendi

      Vincent Bolloré, the French financier who chairs Vivendi, is facing a challenge to his strategy for the media giant from a...

    28. March 20, 2015

      Witan, the fund of funds that actually delivers

      What’s the future of investing? Let’s start with a blank sheet of paper and work out what might be the best product. I’d...

    29. March 20, 2015

      Alliance Trust hits back against US activist Elliott Advisors

      Alliance Trust has hit back at activist shareholder Elliott Advisors, saying that its “disruptive” pursuit of short-term...

    30. March 17, 2015

      Cost-conscious Alliance Trust chief braces for onslaught

      Katherine Garrett-Cox does not have a Bloomberg screen. The chief executive of Alliance Trust, the Dundee-based group, is so...

    31. March 15, 2015

      Activist investor Elliott pushes for Alliance Trust board seats

      An activist hedge fund has mounted a push to install three City heavyweights on the board of Alliance Trust, setting the...

    32. March 13, 2015

      Ackman ‘not worried’ by federal probe

      Hedge fund billionaire Bill Ackman said he was “absolutely not worried” about being investigated for allegedly manipulating...

    33. March 13, 2015

      Norway’s oil fund joins push for proxy access in US

      The world’s biggest sovereign wealth fund has thrown its weight behind the push for shareholders in US companies to be...

    34. March 10, 2015

      Buybacks sustain US bull run

      The fatigued US bull-run has one piston that continues to fire. S&P 500 companies spent more than $900bn on share buybacks...

    35. March 9, 2015

      Yahoo urged to spin off Japan stake

      Activist investor Starboard Value is urging Yahoo to go further with its break-up plans, calling on the internet company to...

    36. March 9, 2015

      GM plans $5bn buyback in deal with activists

      General Motors on Monday announced plans to buy back $5bn in shares by the end of next year, in a compromise deal with an...

    37. March 2, 2015

      Gannett settles governance dispute with Icahn

      Gannett has settled a dispute over corporate governance with Carl Icahn ahead of the spin-off of the USA Today owner’s...

    38. March 2, 2015

      Activist investors’ success owes much to wider bull run

      The activist attacks come in wave after wave. Sotheby’s settled with Daniel Loeb last year only to find a second hedge fund,...

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