Category Archives: Activist Investor

Going Once, Going Twice . . . Third Point Takes Major Stake In Sotheby’s

Will the auctioneer become the next item up for auction? Daniel Loeb’s Third Point disclosed a 5.7% stake in Sotheby’s today in an SEC filing.  There appears to be some activist intentions behind the “investment purposes” it disclosed as the … Continue reading

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Corporations Giving Board Seats to Activist Investors, Says WSJ

In fights with dissidents, corporations are giving corporate board seats to the insurgents as long as management appointees get to keep their seats, says the Wall Street Journal($). Why are we writing about it?  Because two of the examples are … Continue reading

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After Dell Pushes Back Record Date for Buyout, Hedge Funds Respond By Buying Dell Shares

Shorter term investors looking for a quick exit now eligible to vote on the Michael Dell/Silver Lake buyout. The much-discussed Dell buyout previous had a record date of June 3, meaning you had to be a stockholder on that day … Continue reading

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Plenty Of Room On The Bandwagon As Starboard Takes A Big Stake In Elliott Associates Project Emulex Corp.

Starboard Value takes the Fantastic Voyage with Elliott Associates as it awaits Emulex Corporation’s sale. It is always heartwarming to see two of our favorite funds working together, sort of. Starboard Value disclosed a 6.9% stake in Emulex Corporation in … Continue reading

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Quality Systems Does Not Have Quality Leadership, Says Clinton Group As It Contests Director Election At Upcoming Meeting

Activist Investor Clinton Group files proxy statement for the election of its seven nominees to the Quality Systems Board of Directors. Quality Systems, Inc. is an IT company in the healthcare industry. According to activist investor Clinton Group, Quality Systems … Continue reading

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Emulex Climbing Back Up As We Lock It Back Down.

ELX up sharply on rumors it is considering a strategic transaction. After struggling this year, Emulex Corp. shares are up over 15% today, as of this writing.  There seem to be rumors that Emulex has hired bankers to pursue “strategic … Continue reading

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Argentina Goes to U.S. Supreme Court to Stiff Bondholders

Argentina files suit to avoid paying Elliott Management in battle of naval powers. We have previously stated our admiration for the naval prowess of Elliott Management.  But, Argentina continues to fight back. Argentina has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to … Continue reading

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Corvex Management and Related Fund Management Declare Victory In Attempt To Oust The CommonWealth Directors.

We’ve covered the CommonWealth REIT saga with Corvex Management LP and Related Fund Management LLC, who are trying to oust the CommonWealth directors. The funds, who together own about 9.6% of CommonWealth, announced that they delivered consents from holders of … Continue reading

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CommonWealth REIT: Marcato Joins Fight With Corvex and Related Fund Over Consent Solicitation At CommonWealth.

Getting the band back together. Last we saw Marcato Capital Management, they had teamed up with Corvex Management to reign down some REIT reorg on Corrections Corporation of America (CXW). Last we saw Corvex Management, they had teamed up with … Continue reading

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Relational Investors Gets Results: Timken Hires Goldman Sachs To Review Whether Timken Should Break Off Business Units

Breaking up is hard to do, but Timken will take a look anyway. We have followed the saga of Relational Investors’ and CalSTRS’ attempt to get Timken Co. to separate its steel and ball bearing businesses. There are now reports … Continue reading

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