Recent Shareholder Activist News

Institutional Investors like what they see in Activist Hedge Funds: ValueAct, PershingSquare & Third Point

In just the last couple of years, an increasing number of institutional investors seeking greater returns are placing bigger bets with activist hedge...

Third Point continues to fight Yahoo for Board seats

Daniel Loeb, the prominent shareholder activist and founder of hedge fund Third Point Management, has vowed to continue fighting Yahoo after Yahoo’s...

2012 Preview - A Quiet(er) Year for Activist Investors?

It seems a little quiet right now. Too quiet. Does this portend a less-contentious year for activist investors? Or just the calm before the storm? At...

Do-It-Yourself Shareholder Activism - A Risky Venture

Recent years have seen a significant rise in shareholder activism in the United States. Activist investors have increasingly been successful in pressing...

Barry Rosenstein’s Jana Partners buys 5.5% stake in Marathon Petroleum

Activist hedge fund manager Jana Partners LLC revealed this week that it owns a 5.5% stake in Marathon Petroleum Corp. According to a filing with the...

Marc Lasry’s Avenue Capital Group to buy controlling stake in Quiznos

Avenue Capital Group, the hedge fund founded by siblings Marc Lasry and Sonia Gardner, is set to make a bid for a controlling share of restaurant chain...

Proxy Access Bylaw Amendment or Shareholder Resolution?

This subject may seem a little arcane. It actually concerns a critical decision that an investor wishing to achieve proxy access must make.

Greenlight Capital’s David Einhorn bashes Green Mountain

Renowned shareholder activist David Einhorn is in attack mode again and this time Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is the recipient of his criticism. Mr....

Third Point’s Daniel Loeb searching for Yahoo Gold

With constant rumors swirling throughout Wall Street and Silicon Valley, it seems even more apparent that the independent days of the troubled internet...

Bill Ackman’s Hong Kong Dollar Play

You are all well aware of my love affair with the Chinese Yuan (CYB), which I expect to appreciate substantially in coming years off the back of China’s...

Greenlight Capital’s David Einhorn, Still Waiting for Answer on Mets Deal

An offer by activist hedge fund manager David Einhorn to acquire a $200 million dollar stake in the New York Mets is still on the table, but an agreement...

Nelson Peltz’s Trian Fund builds big stake Kraft Foods, Activist Bout #2?

Trian Fund Management LP recently purchased $420 million of Class A shares in Kraft Foods, Inc. This purchase marks Trian Fund’s renewed interest in...

Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital ups its Stake in Family Dollar Stores

Pershing Square Capital Management increased its holdings in Family Dollar Stores, Inc (FDO) to nearly 11 million shares giving it an 8.9% stake, up from...

Greenlight Capital’s David Einhorn calls for Steve Ballmer’s resignation

David Einhorn, a prominent shareholder activist and founder of hedge fund Greenlight Capital, told attendees at the Ira Sohn Investment Research Conference...

John Paulson set to earn up to 78% return on investment in Lehman Brothers bonds

John Paulson’s hedge fund Paulson & Co., famous for its role in profiting from the 2008 financial crisis, could profit even more from a downfall it...

Millbrook Capital Management Demands that EMS Technologies Speed Up its Sale

Millbrook Capital Management (MMI), an activist investor based in New York, sent a letter to the management of EMS Technologies demanding they speed up...

Shareholder Activist Update: Best practices for working with proxy advisors

Proxy advisors consult to investors about how to vote on the range of matters that require shareholder approval at the public corporations in an investor...

Paul Singer’s Elliot Management nominates 6 for Actelion’s Board

Elliot Management, Paul Singer’s New York-based hedge fund firm, has nominated six ex-pharmaceutical executives and banking experts to Actelion Ltd’s...

Nelson Peltz’s Trian Fund takes another shot at Family Dollar Stores

Trian Fund Management LP has its acquisition sights trained on Family Dollar Stores Inc (NYSE: FDO).

Bloomberg reports that in mid February,...

Corporate Cash Hoarding and The Great Recession

How badly could the US economy could have used almost $1 trillion in spending and investment last year?

Blame abounds for the previously-dead-but-only-slowly-reviving...

Elliot Management nominates 4 candidates for Iron Mountain’s Board

Elliot Management Corporation, a hedge fund founded by current Chief Investment Officer Paul Singer, has used its 5% minority stake in Iron Mountain Inc.(NYSE:...

Carl Icahn signs waiver to buy nearly 20% of Dynegy

Dynegy Inc. (DYN) and Carl Icahn agreed to a waiver that allows Icahn’s hedge fund to buy up to 19.99999% of the company while retaining his voting...

Bruce Berkowitz’s Fairholme Capital forces CEO and board reshuffle at St. Joe Company

The St. Joe Company (NYSE: JOE), a Florida-based real estate developer, announced Monday that CEO Britt Greene has resigned from his position on the Board...

Poison Pills: My, How They Have Grown

Previously I discussed the different share ownership levels that trigger various disclosure and regulatory obligations, such as when investors need to...

Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital hurt by bankruptcy of Borders Group

Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital, which currently owns a 31.3% stake in Borders Group (NYSE: BGP) and had promised to help Borders finance a buyout...


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