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Lord Rothschild Liquidates Investment in Atticus Hedge Fund

Date: June 9th, 2009
RIT Capital Partners plc revealed in its annual report that it has sold out of all of its investments in activist hedge fund manager Atticus Capital....

BofA Board Makeover Continues, Two More Directors Resign

Date: June 9th, 2009
Last night, Bank of America (BAC) revealed that two more members of the bank’s board of directors had resigned. According to an article from Reuters,...

Och-Ziff to Self-Fund New Hedge Fund Offerings

Date: June 9th, 2009
Och-Ziff has announced that it will use its own capital to seed as many as two new funds. According to HedgeWeek, this unusual move is part of Och-Ziff’s...

GLG Partners Entering Retail Market

Date: June 8th, 2009
GLG Partners is planning to offer a series of alternative UCITS funds to retail investors in the United Kingdom later this year. According to an article...

BlackRock Leading Race for iShares and BGI

Date: June 8th, 2009
BlackRock, Inc. (BLK) and Barclays plc (BCS) confirmed this morning in separate press releases that BlackRock is engaged in discussions to purchase Barclays’...

Shareholder Activists Reshaping Bank of America

Date: June 8th, 2009
Continuous calls for a stronger board of directors with deeper financial experience at Bank of America (BAC) were answered on Friday when the bank announced...

Palo Alto Concerned Over Canadian Superior’s Shareholders’ Meeting Postponement

Date: June 7th, 2009
On May 28th, in a SEC filing, hedge fund manager Palo Alto Investors expressed its concern over Canadian Superior Energy Inc’s (SNG) decision to postpone...

Paulson takes a $165 million Hit from Barclays Short

Date: June 6th, 2009
Paulson & Co revealed in a regulatory filing that it had closed out of a short position it had been holding in Barclays plc. According to the Financial...

Activist Hedge Fund Manager Ramius Capital to Acquire the Cowen Group

Date: June 5th, 2009
Ramius LLC, an activist hedge fund manager, has signed an agreement to purchase boutique investment bank Cowen Group Inc. (NASDAQ: COWN) in a deal that...

Jeffrey Gendell Launching Tontine Total Return Hedge Fund

Date: June 5th, 2009
After a humbling 2008, Jeffrey Gendell’s Tontine Partners is in the process of launching a new total return hedge fund. According to an article from...

The Real Money Is In Flipping Bank Charters, Not Houses

Date: June 5th, 2009
Today on Dealbreaker.com, Teri Buhl reported on The Bancorp’s recent acquisition of Michael Strauss's bankrupt American Home Bank. According to the...

4 Reasons Why Ackman Missed His Target

Date: June 4th, 2009
By Eric Jackson, Founder and Managing Member of Ironfire Capital LLC
When Bill Ackman of Pershing Square Capital Management attended Target's (TGT)...

JPMorgan closing down Principal Investment Management

Date: June 4th, 2009
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) is in the process of closing down its investment banking division’s Principal Investment Management group, according to an...

Madoff Brothers Not Speaking to Dad

Date: June 3rd, 2009
Mark and Andrew Madoff, the son’s of Bernie Madoff revealed in a Vanity Fair article this week that they have not spoken to their father since the night...

Esteemed Hedge Fund Managers Liquidate: Expect Downward Pressure on Top Holdings

Date: June 3rd, 2009
Boston-based Raptor Global Funds announced yesterday in a letter to investors that it was closing shop. The firm was formed in January of this year when...

Icahn & Eastbourne Celebrate Disposal of Amylin's Chairman

Date: June 3rd, 2009
Last week it was announced that activist investors Carl Icahn and Eastbourne Capital Management had successfully elected Dr. Alexander J. Denner and Dr....

Guggenheim Hires Former Bear Stearns CEO Alan Schwartz

Date: June 2nd, 2009
Guggenheim Partners announced today that it has hired Alan Schwartz as executive chairman. From January to March of 2008, Mr. Schwartz was the CEO of...

Helios Announces India-Focused Equity Fund

Date: June 2nd, 2009
Singapore-based Helios Capital Management announced plans to raise $50 million in capital for a “Slumdog Millionaire” fund that will invest in undervalued...

European shareholder activist Cevian Capital acquires stake in Old Mutual plc

Date: June 1st, 2009
Cevian Capital, a leading shareholder activist focused investment firm, has acquired a 4.1% stake in South African insurer Old Mutual plc (OML.L), despite...

Einhorn, Chanos and Ackman Speak at Ira Sohn Research Conference

Date: June 1st, 2009
At last week’s annual Ira Sohn Research Conference, Greenlight Capital’s David Einhorn called AAA bond ratings “a curse” and announced that he...

Boaz Weinstein Launching Bond-Focused Saba Capital

Date: June 1st, 2009
Former Deutsche Bank trader Boaz Weinstein is launching a new hedge fund firm called Saba Capital Management LP. According to an article from Bloomberg,...

Shareholder Activist Week in Review

Date: June 1st, 2009
With proxy season in full throttle this past week, many of the most heated shareholder activist battles experienced major developments. The biggest activist...

Aderans’ Shareholders Vote in Favor of Steel Partners’ Activist Agenda

Date: May 29th, 2009
For the second year in a row, Aderans Holdings’ (8170.T) shareholders voted in favor of Steel Partner’s activist agenda. Yesterday, investors elected...

Chemed’s Management Defeats Millbrook Capital (MMI)

Date: May 29th, 2009
Last week in an unlikely defeat, activist hedge fund Millbrook Capital (MMI) withdrew its nominees for the board of Chemed Corporation (CHE). MMI had...

Target Defeats Ackman, All 4 Board Incumbents Re-Elected

Date: May 29th, 2009
The Target Corporation (TGT) announced yesterday that a preliminary tally of votes suggest that investors have comfortably re-elected all four of the...


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