Recent Shareholder Activist News

New York pensions pull $275 million from Shamrock Capital Advisors

The New York City Comptroller’s office has revealed that Shamrock Capital Advisors, the investment advisor that recently garnered losses of 22.8%, would...

Shareholder Activist Update: Nelson Peltz’s Trian snatches up Family Dollar Stores shares

Since June, Trian Fund Management has been aggressively acquiring shares in Family Dollar Stores, Inc. (NYSE: FDO). At the end of last month, Nelson Peltz’s...

Nelson Peltz’s Trian Group to launch new hedge fund, Aims for $1.5 billion

Nelson Peltz, co-founder and CEO of hedge fund manager the Trian Group (Trian Fund Management), has begun raising capital for a new hedge fund that will...

Ramius Capital launches mutual fund, Makes Shareholder Activist waves

Ramius Capital Group has announced the launch of the Ramius Dynamic Replication Fund, its first mutual fund, which will focus on hedge fund replication....

What does recent academic research say about activist investing?

Generally it works, and sometimes it works really, really well. Investors often wonder whether activist investing truly delivers “alpha” – returns...

Shareholder Activist Update: Carl Icahn reaches agreements with Hain Celestial & Lions Gate Entertainment

Last week activist investor Carl Icahn entered into agreements with two companies, Hain Celestial Group (HAIN) and Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (LGF)....

John Ho’s Janchor Pan Asian hedge fund raises $100 Million

Janchor Partners Ltd has launched its flagship long/short equity hedge fund with more than $100 million in assets under management. The firm was founded...

Shareholder Activist Update: Spotlight Advisors and Clinton Group

Activist investors Spotlight Advisors and Clinton Group recently spoke with two directors of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (NYSE: RRGB) to emphasize several...

Corporate Governance Update: The Chairman and the CEO, a Story

If you studied your proxy materials carefully this year, you noticed several new disclosures, including one explaining why a company combines the CEO...

Shareholder Activist Update: JANA Partners and Neuberger Berman against Charles River acquisition

Last week, activist investor JANA Partners sent a letter to Charles River Laboratories International (NYSE: CRL) highlighting the 35% of shareholders...

Relational Investors and Ares Management to reduce Fees for CalPERS

Ralph Whitworth’s activist focused Relational Investors LLC will join Ares Management LLC in reducing management fees to the California Public Employees...

Shareholder Activism: Collegiality is Overrated

Oh the endless words that extol the virtues of a Board of Directors that gets along well. But, at what cost, to the business and its investors?

Directors Can (and Should) Talk to Investors, About All Sorts of Stuff

As activist investors begin to win director elections, talk turns to the rights and obligations of these directors to share board-level information. To...

Hedge Funds Are Now Targeting For-Profit Education

Hedge funds have been circling for new carrion to devour in the next economic slowdown and have found a big fat target in the for-profit educational sector....

Arcadia Capital urges Symyx’s Board to reject Accelrys merger

Richard S. Rofe, the managing director of Arcadia Capital Advisors, spoke out against the proposed stock-for-stock merger transaction between Symyx Technologies...

Greenlight Capital's David Einhorn shorting ratings agencies

The founder of hedge fund manager Greenlight Capital, David Einhorn, said earlier this week at the annual Ira Sohn Investment Research Conference that...

Emerging Markets Specialist Mark Mobius speaks out about shareholder activist responsibilities

Dr. Mark Mobius recently addressed what he terms the “right and responsibility” of shareholder activism . Dr. Mobius, who is executive chairman and...

Activist Bennett S. LeBow named Chairman of Borders; Gains Approval of Bill Ackman

Borders Group (NYSE: BGP) has received $25 million, representing a private purchase of 11.1 million shares of common stock at a price of $2.25 per share....

Lions Gate Faces another Loss in War with Icahn

Lions Gate Entertainment faces another setback in its battle with Carl Icahn as its attempt to reinstate a poison pill to thwart Icahn’s takeover attempt...

Carl Icahn Plans to Replace Genzyme’s CEO and Three Directors

Carl Icahn issued a proxy statement announcing that he is planning to replace biotech company Genzyme Corporation’s CEO Henri Termeer and three other...

What’s a “broker non-vote”, anyway?

We’ve heard a bunch about this subject, especially in this season of annual meetings. What’s the big deal? Here’s the deal: the SEC, through its...

Former ISS Director Chris Young to head Credit Suisse’s Takeover Defense Practice

Credit Suisse has recently announced that on June 1, current Director of M&A and Proxy Fight at Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) Chris Young will...

Bitstream on Shareholder Activist Stage, attracts Raging Capital and Columbia Pacific Advisors

Columbia Pacific Advisors changed the filing status of its Columbia Pacific Opportunity Fund’s position in Bitstream Inc (NASDAQ: BITS) from “passive”...

Ramius Capital increases activist ownership stake in SeaChange to 7.2%

On April 15th, Peter Cohen’s Ramius Capital Group revealed that it had purchased 400,000 more shares of software and hardware company SeaChange International...

Activist Hedge Funds are increasingly pushing former CEOs onto Boards

2009 saw a noticeable increase in the number of experienced executives appointed to company boards by activist shareholders. According to the Wall Street...


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