Recent Shareholder Activist News

Microsoft's Distasteful Plans to Save Us from the Housing Crisis

Kudos to Michelle Leder at Footnoted for spotting another distasteful perk paid for by hapless shareholders. This one was at Microsoft (MSFT) -- which...

Yahoo CEO Bartz Has a Lot of Explaining to Do

Yahoo! (YHOO) CEO Carol Bartz didn't get the "boatloads of cash" for her shareholders from Microsoft (MSFT) as she vowed in May, but she'll take home...

CEOs, Boards and Management: Welcome to Club Crony

In response to my recent criticisms of Carol Bartz, her management team, and board at Yahoo! (YHOO), I've had some people ask me "How can you be against...

Microsoft, Alibaba.com Execs Join Yahoo in Noticeable Share Dumps

In recently criticizing Yahoo!'s (YHOO) insiders for dumping $233mm in stock over the last 2 years, when they've only bought $103k in shares, I would...

Ramius Capital Group Buys Drug Companies, Moves out of ETFs

Ramius Capital Group’s most recent portfolio holdings reveal that the hedge fund manager has shifted its portfolio focus to drug manufacturers. The...

Why Did Yahoo's Carol Bartz Use Shareholders' Money to Pay Taxes?

Bobbie Johnson of the Guardian wrote a...

Eton Park Capital Acquires $300mm Stake in Cadbury

In a move pre-empting a potential hostile takeover of confectioner Cadbury plc (NYSE: CBY) by rival Kraft (NYSE: KFT) or other possible suitors, New York...

Hedge Fund Solutions, LLC Launches Catalyst Investment Research on Activist Investments

Research Uncovers Fundamentally Solid Companies With A Value Investment Catalyst Driven By Activist Investors -- (Press Release) --

Yahoo Insiders Should Be Shown the Door Out

Does a leopard change its spots? Not at Yahoo! (YHOO); every director and officer there seems to have a congenital affliction that is forcing them to...

Paulson becomes biggest investor in AngloGold

John Paulson’s hedge fund management firm Paulson & Co recently became the biggest investor in AngloGold Ashanti Ltd (NYSE:AU), a South Africa-based...

Citi's Pandit Should Learn from AIG's Benmosche About Handling Government

The federal government is running some of America's largest and formerly most influential companies, including Citigroup (C), AIG, Bank of America (BAC)...

Apple Needs Outside Director

Speculation has begun on who should fill Apple's (AAPL) open board seat, which opened up after Google's (GOOG) CEO Eric Schmidt decided to step down.

Warren Lichtenstein’s Steel Partners convinces Noritz Chairman to Quit

Warren Lichtenstein’s Steel Partners has racked up another victory in Japan. Earlier this month, the activist hedge fund manager's criticisms of the...

Steel Partner’s Warren Liechtenstein Prepares for Bank Chairman Role

Although activist investor Warren Liechtenstein’s Steel Partners has taken heavy losses for the fiscal year 2008, the firm still has reasons to keep...

Pershing Square’s Bill Ackman raises his stake in Target

After losing the proxy battle with Target (NYSE: TGT) in which he failed to reassure the retailer’s shareholders of his long-term commitment to the...

Goldman's Board Is Getting Too Cozy

Financial journalists have focused a lot on Goldman Sachs (GS) over the past few weeks. Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone kicked over a hornet's nest by calling...

Steel Partners’ designated director resigns from Rowan board

Lawrence Ruisi, director on the board of Rowan Companies Inc. (NYSE: RDC) offered to resign on July 29. According to Reuters, in February, the oil and...

Time To Short Wells Fargo Again?

According to an article this afternoon by Teri Buhl, the “smart money” is turning bearish on Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC). On Thursday, spiked volume...

Ironfire Capital's Plea to Dismantle Broadridge Monopoly

Last month, I wrote to Chairman Mary Schapiro of the SEC about dismantling the monopoly Broadridge (BR) enjoys counting electronic proxy votes for all...

Yahoo! Directors Are to Blame for Lousy Search Deal

Last week's news of a search partnership between Microsoft (MSFT) and Yahoo! (YHOO) means that Yahoo! is leaving the search business and handing the keys...

Microsoft Should Think Big, Not Bing

Microsoft's (MSFT) disappointing quarterly results raise the question of why it hasn't used its ample cash reserves to buy faster-growing companies in...

Icahn, Highside, & Greenlight Blind-Sided, Memo States that Guaranty Bank may be Seized

Reports have arisen suggesting that the FDIC will seize troubled Texas-based Guaranty Bank (NYSE: GFG). According to an article by Teri Buhl on Goingconcern.com,...

TCI’s Activism in Japan Backfires

October of last year, The Children’s Investment Fund Management UK LLP (TCI), a hedge-fund managed by Christopher Cooper-Hohn, sold all of its shares...

Entrust Stockholders Approve Merger With Thoma Bravo

The supermajority required of Entrust’s (NASDAQ: ENTU)shareholders to approve of private equity firm Thoma Bravo’s increased merger offer has been...

Does Corporate Governance Impact Performance?

After the collapse of Bear Stearns, Countrywide, Lehman Brothers, GM and AIG last year, and with Citigroup (C) and Bank of America (BAC) greatly diminished...


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