Recent Shareholder Activist News

Chris Hohn’s Children’s Investment Fund Stops Feeding its Namesake Charity

After 10 years of contributing half of 1 percent of its fees to the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, The Children’s Investment Fund has turned...

Activist investment strategy thriving as investors seek enhanced returns in a difficult economic environment, say RWC’s Wildschut & Soininen

Investors are increasingly looking to specialist activist investing to improve performance. Hedge Fund Research recently reported $3.8bn flowing into...

Activist Investors Making Big Waves: Knight Vinke, Cevian Capital, Third Point and Trian lead the way

Activist investors more than lived up to their reputations in 2012 with a wave of board invasions that have led to dozens of high-profile shakeups. As...

Elliot Management Slates Board Nominees to Shakeup Hess Corp

In an effort to reshape oil and gas giant Hess Corp, activist hedge fund Elliot Management is considering putting up a slate of board nominees. According...

Hedge Fund Titans Carl Icahn and Bill Ackman Clash over Herbalife

Carl Icahn makes no secret about his disdain for Bill Ackman’s investment methodology, particularly as it applied to his big short position in Herbalife....

2012 Shareholder Activism in Review - Started Out Slow, But Then...

As we predicted a year ago, 2012 started out slowly - no major activist projects underway, few regulatory developments, all the significant players quiet....

Paul Singer’s Elliot Management Corp. Targets Emulex Corp. with 11% Stake

Emulex Corp., a California-based technology company, is the latest target of activist hedge fund, Elliot Management Corp. According to Bloomberg, Elliot...

Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square edges closer to public offering with $2.2 Billion in Investor Commitments

With $2.2 billion in commitments from 120 investors, Pershing Square Holdings, Ltd founder, Bill Ackman is on the verge of realizing his vision of taking...

Two activist investors dueling for board seats

Two activist investors are set to battle for ModusLink board seats. Warren Lichtenstein of Steel Partners Holdings announced a proxy fight for three...

Sandell Asset Management further criticizes TPC Group's going-private transaction

On October 2nd, Sandell Asset Management issued a press release and a second white paper criticizing TPC Group Inc’s (TPCG) proposed $40/share going-private...

Starboard Value Taking Activist Interest in Office Depot’s Struggles

Struggling retailer Office Depot has become the new target of activist hedge fund, Starboard Value. According to Deal Book, Starboard Value has acquired...

Jana Partners Reaps Healthy Profit with Short-term Barnes & Noble Trade

Jana Partners, a hedge fund known for its shareholder activist proclivities, turned a 7 million-share stake in Barnes & Noble into a short-term profit...

TELUS Fights Mason Capital’s Shareholder Meeting in Court

TELUS, the Canadian telecomminications company, is seeking a court order to prevent Mason Capital, a New York hedge fund conducting an invalid shareholder...

Effective Activism, on the Cheap - Update

In 2010, we set out to determine a way to improve the odds of success, and to lower the cost, of activist investing.

Then, we put together...

Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital wants “premium” price for General Growth Properties

Pershing Square Capital sent a letter to the board of General Growth Properties, Inc. (GGP) on August 23 discussing their investment in the company over...

Marathon Asset Management Throws Wrench into Bill Ackman’s Plan to Revive JC Penny

Marathon Asset Management LP came up on the winning side of its bet that a plan backed by Bill Ackman of Pershing Square Capital Management to revive...

Carl Icahn Battling Forest Laboratories for Board Slate

Shareholder activist and renowned hedge fund manager investor, Carl Icahn, has launched a proxy battle to have four hand-picked directors installed on...

Gamco wants Fisher Communications to Undertake a Leveraged Restructuring

On August 6, Gamco sent a letter to Fisher Communications Inc.’s (FSCI) President and CEO recommending that the Company undertake a leveraged restructuring...

Daniel Loeb's Third Point Management makes big bet on Kraft

Third Point Management, the $8.7 billion hedge fund firm managed by Daniel Loeb has join investment titans, Bill Ackman and Warren Buffet, in making Kraft...

Charles Nathan Should Spend More Time With Investors

We investors have grown accustomed, nay weary, of corporate hangers-on who routinely and blithely defend entrenched directors and managers. We mostly...

Activism via Board Control Often Requires Long Range View

When we first work with an investor who is seeking to become an activist, we often hear the same initial message: “We need board control. We need...

Plurality and Majority Voting - Who Really Cares?

Very experienced activist investors, especially governance aficionados at pension funds and similar asset managers, know this subject all too well. What...

John Dyson Taking MMI Investments Private after Clay Lifflander’s departure

The highly successful activist hedge fund, MMI Investments, founded by New York City civic-leader John Dyson, has come full circle returning to its original...

Value Investing: An Identity Crisis?

Any post about value investing always evokes strong responses, but I thought I would start this one by turning the focus inwards. So, here are a few questions...

What Investors Need to Know about the JOBS Act

With great fanfare and ceremony (mostly because it actually made it through Congress), the Jumpstart our Business Startups (JOBS) Act became law on April...


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