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Hedge Fund Firefly Demands Board Seat at Gulfport Energy

Firefly Value Partners is taking the activist approach with Gulfport Energy. The hedge fund has demanded a seat on the board of directors at the energy firm.

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Hedge Fund Firefly Demands Board Seat at Gulfport Energy
November 22, 2019

Firefly Value Partners is taking the activist approach with Gulfport Energy. The hedge fund has demanded a seat on the board of directors at the energy firm.

Casino “Whale” Caesars in Eldorado’s Net: Shareholders Green Light Their Merger
November 18, 2019

Thanks to Carl Icahn’s activism, and an $8.58 billion acquisition kitty, Eldorado is in the driver’s seat in US casino operations. It will soon have Caesars in its fold. After…

Study: Activist Investing Spurs Innovation in Targeted Companies
November 14, 2019

A research study by Columbia Business School’s Professor Wei Jiang shows that activist investors help the cause of innovation in their companies. Prof Jiang is the Arthur F. Burns Professor…

Hawaiian Electric to Activist Fund: We’re Not Looking Outside for New Leader
November 14, 2019

Hawaiian Electric slammed activist hedge fund ValueAct this week. The company responded to the activist fund’s call to locate a successor for its President and CEO Constance Lau.  ValueAct has…

Carl Icahn: Gee… Occidental Petroleum is a lot like WeWork
November 11, 2019

Occidental Petroleum took a shot from activist investor Carl Icahn in more ways from one. Icahn slashed his stake in the company and threatened to launch a proxy fight.

Elliott Management Supports Split of Nielsen Holdings
November 8, 2019

Nielsen Holdings has announced plans to split itself into two separate public companies. The plan – backed by Elliott Management – will unlock shareholder value.

Praesidium Investment Management Pushes for Sale of Instructure
November 7, 2019

Praesidium Investment Management is the latest firm to push for a sale of education software firm Instructure. The activist hedge fund has reportedly found “dozens” of private equity or other…

Emerson Electric Concedes to Activist Fund, Appoints Mark Blinn to Board
November 7, 2019

Emerson Electric, a U.S. factory automation company, has appointed Mark Blinn to its board of directors.

Inmarsat Rejects Oaktree’s Push to Delay Court Hearing
November 5, 2019

Oaktree Capital had requested a delay to a takeover court hearing around the takeover of Inmarsat. The British satellite company, however, rejected the delay for the November 12 meeting. Oaktree…

Berkshire Hathaway Beats Earnings Despite Global Economic Woes
November 3, 2019

Berkshire Hathaway reported earnings on Saturday (more on why in a moment). Warren Buffett’s firm announced that profits topped Wall Street expectations thanks to resilient consumer spending. The firm’s success…