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  1. 21 hours ago

    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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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,...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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,...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. April 24, 2014

    The barbarians return to the gate

    When it comes to corporate governance, America has historically favoured managers over shareholders. Directors of US...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. April 22, 2014

    Activist investor Jeff Ubben urges ‘fix’ for Silicon Valley

    One of the West Coast’s leading activist investors has added to the growing criticism of corporate governance in Silicon...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. April 15, 2014

    Barclays replaces head of remuneration committee

    Barclays is replacing Sir John Sunderland as chair of its board’s remuneration committee amid an ongoing row with investors...

  36. April 13, 2014

    Walgreens urged to leave US to gain tax benefit

    Walgreens has come under pressure from an influential group of its shareholders, who want the US pharmacy chain to consider...

  37. April 13, 2014

    Investors predict executive pay protest against UK banks

    Investors are planning to register a protest vote against UK banks including Barclays for boosting the fixed salaries of...

  38. April 10, 2014

    Activist investor Icahn gains little after agreeing truce with eBay

    Activist investor Carl Icahn has called off his assault on eBay, ending with few of the spoils he had been seeking in his...

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