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    1. 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...

    2. October 22, 2014

      Yahoo bites back as activists circle

      Marissa Mayer has begun a fact-packed fightback against Yahoo’s activist shareholders, attempting to defend her efforts to...

    1. 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...

    2. October 17, 2014

      Ackman denies plans to launch activist campaigns in Europe

      Bill Ackman, the American hedge fund manager, has said he has no plans to launch activist investment campaigns in Europe,...

    3. October 14, 2014

      Activist TCI drops Coal India campaign and sells stake

      The Children’s Investment Fund, the UK-based hedge fund known for high-profile shareholder interventions, has abandoned its...

    4. October 13, 2014

      Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square fizzles on IPO

      Shares in hedge fund activist Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Holdings sank nearly 11 per cent on their stock exchange debut...

    5. October 12, 2014

      Buybacks: Money well spent?

      Bonanza There was no sign of Carl Icahn’s trademark aggression in the letter he sent last week to Tim Cook, Apple’s chief...

    6. October 10, 2014

      Starboard sweeps away entire Darden board

      Hedge fund Starboard Value scored a sweeping final victory in its ten-month fight to shake up Darden Restaurants, owner of...

    7. October 9, 2014

      Icahn calls on Apple to step up share buybacks

      Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has called on Apple to increase its share buy-back programme, claiming that the world’s...

    8. October 8, 2014

      Capital Group raps activists for pushing share buybacks

      One of the world’s largest fund managers has hit out at activist investors for pressuring companies to buy back shares at...

    9. October 6, 2014

      Bramson fails to convince Electra investors

      New York activist investor Edward Bramson failed in his attempt to put himself on the board of London-listed trust Electra...

    10. October 5, 2014

      Take the fight to activists, says Moelis

      Companies under siege from activist investors are surrendering too easily, according to Ken Moelis, the investment banker,...

    11. September 30, 2014

      Ebay offers ultimate ‘Buy It Now’ with plans to spin off PayPal

      Ebay is to spin off PayPal which accounts for as much as half of its $65bn stock market value, in a further unravelling of...

    12. September 29, 2014

      Yahoo: nothing to celebrate

      Riding on others’ coattails never ends well. While Yahoo’s share price soared in the past two years on anticipation of...

    13. September 17, 2014

      Nelson Peltz calls for DuPont break-up

      Trian, the activist investment fund led by Nelson Peltz, has accused US chemicals group DuPont of “destroying shareholder...

    14. September 17, 2014

      Edward Bramson pledges to more than double value of Electra

      Edward Bramson, the activist investor with a 20 per cent stake in Electra Private Equity, has pledged he will at least...

    15. September 15, 2014

      Bill Ackman plans $2bn Pershing fund IPO in Amsterdam

      US hedge fund manager Bill Ackman has decided to switch the planned listing of one of his funds from London to Amsterdam,...

    16. September 14, 2014

      US companies devise tactics to limit activists’ advances

      US companies are devising new tactics to limit the advance of activist investors, as hedge funds wage an increasing number...

    17. August 22, 2014

      Chart that tells a story . . . Apple shares vs gadgets

      What does this show? It’s the simple returns you would have made, in dollars had you invested the original US retail price...

    18. August 22, 2014

      Activist Edward Bramson steps up pressure to join Electra board

      Activist investor Edward Bramson has requested Electra Private Equity calls a general meeting to appoint himself and City...

    19. 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...

    20. August 18, 2014

      Hedge fund Jana threatens to publish leaked Petsmart presentation

      An activist hedge fund is threatening to publish what it says is a leaked strategy presentation for the board of Petsmart,...

    21. August 5, 2014

      InterContinental plumps up its dividend as activists bite

      InterContinental Hotels Group has plumped up its interim dividend by 9 per cent as it attempts to smooth over a row with...

    22. August 4, 2014

      Managers should ask themselves: what would Carl Icahn see?

      Carl Icahn makes more money between sips on his outsized Martinis than most mortals make in a lifetime. Last week, the...

    23. July 23, 2014

      Calstrs calls on Pepsi to give Trian place on board

      One of the US’s largest pension funds has asked Pepsi to give activist investor Nelson Peltz a seat on the board, after...

    24. July 16, 2014

      Mike Ashley gives City institutions a right royal salute

      Mike Ashley’s grand gesture in giving up his share of Sports Direct’s executive bonus scheme is as enigmatic as the man. It...

    25. July 16, 2014

      Sports Direct’s Mike Ashley walks away from bonus scheme

      Mike Ashley has pulled out of a contentious bonus scheme that gained the approval of Sports Direct shareholders just two...

    26. July 15, 2014

      Sir John Peace in the line of fire at FTSE 100 groups

      Sir John Peace is doing a good job of defying his surname. The serial chairman – a graduate of Sandhurst military academy...

    27. July 9, 2014

      Event-driven hedge funds pull ahead

      Hedge funds that trade on corporate dealmaking and agitate for change in boardrooms have been the winners in the first half...

    28. June 25, 2014

      Falcone targets dual-class share hurdle

      Investors arise Philip Falcone’s $1.1bn bid for Central Garden & Pet may look like just another prospective deal at a time...

    29. June 22, 2014

      Corporate governance: the resurgent activist

      The US Chamber of Commerce calls it “minoritarianism, the tyranny of a minority”. Dan Gallagher of the Securities and...

    30. June 22, 2014

      Shareholder activism catches fire in Japan

      Shareholder activism is catching on in Japan. A record 14 shareholder proposals for higher returns will be made at annual...

    31. June 18, 2014

      Fortress Centaurus opens Europe-focused fund to outside investors

      Centaurus, the London event-driven hedge fund bought earlier this year by Fortress, has opened its new European-focused...

    32. May 25, 2014

      Japan reformists face challenge over governance

      When Mizuho Financial Group confirmed it was moving to a western-style governance structure complete with an independent...

    33. May 18, 2014

      Male-only boards set for shareholder protests

      There has been talk of investor outrage over all-male board structures for many years, but there have been few shareholder...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. May 6, 2014

      Investors criticise Standard Chartered pay policies

      Several investors have criticised the pay policy of Standard Chartered as two leading shareholder groups have recommended...

    37. May 6, 2014

      Shareholder attacks Adidas chief executive over leadership

      The chief executive of Adidas was on Tuesday forced to defend himself from an attack by one of the company’s largest...

    38. 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...

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