Extreme Value Hedging: How Activist Hedge Fund Managers Are Taking on the World

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PRAISE FOR EXTREME VALUE HEDGING "An intelligent, well-researched, and very useful book. Experts and laymen alike will find it eye-opening." -JEFFREY H. BIRNBAUM, The Washington Post "Love them or hate them, activist hedge funds are having a significant impact on the American and global corporate economies. Ron Orol's detailed and thoughtful book is required reading for anybody who wants to understand what these funds are, how they work, and the various good and bad effects they can have on corporate ...

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Overview

PRAISE FOR EXTREME VALUE HEDGING "An intelligent, well-researched, and very useful book. Experts and laymen alike will find it eye-opening." -JEFFREY H. BIRNBAUM, The Washington Post "Love them or hate them, activist hedge funds are having a significant impact on the American and global corporate economies. Ron Orol's detailed and thoughtful book is required reading for anybody who wants to understand what these funds are, how they work, and the various good and bad effects they can have on corporate performance." -LAWRENCE E. MITCHELL, Theodore Rinehart Professor of Business Law at George Washington University, author of The Speculation Economy "Provides breadth, insight, and a worldwide perspective on one of our most dramatic capital market developments-the rise of the activist hedge fund. The book is essential reading for those who want to understand the current economic scene." -HARVEY J. GOLDSCHMID, Dwight Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, former SEC Commissioner (2002-05) "Ron Orol's deep network of contacts and his insight into shareholder activism make this book a must for anyone seeking to understand these enfants terribles of the capital markets." -BOYD ERMAN, Capital Markets Reporter, The Globe and Mail

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"a surprisingly entertaining read if you want to understand this phenomenon, and how it's impacting our investments"
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"Orol examines how activist investors are impacting corporate boards through interviews with activist investors, money managers and corporate executives. He also predicts activist investors and corporate executives will soon be taking their battles online."—RiskMetrics Group

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470128008
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/19/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 370
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Meet the Author

RONALD D. OROL is a financial reporter for MarketWatch, where he reports on hedge funds, banking regulation, and also the Securities and Exchange Commission. Prior to MarketWatch, Orol spent seven years as a senior writer for The Deal and The Daily Deal, covering the activist hedge fund industry as well as other topics. He is also a commentator on BBC World Television, CNBC TV, CTV, and National Public Radio. In addition, Orol regularly organizes and moderates panels on hedge funds and banking regulation. Prior to his work at The Deal, he was a reporter with Dow Jones Newswires and the Washington correspondent at the Providence Journal. Before moving to Washington, Orol spent three years as a business and finance reporter for the Prague Post in the Czech Republic. While in Prague, he also reported for Southam Newspapers, the Montreal Gazette, and the Toronto Star on Eastern European privatization and the political transformation of the region. Orol earned his bachelor of journalism honors degree from Carleton University in Ottawa, and received a business and economics journalism master's degree from Boston University, where he graduated with distinction.

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Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Part One: From Raiders to Activists and Everything inBetween.

Chapter 1: Growth of Activism and Why Corporate RaidersAren’t Around Anymore.

Chapter 2: Nuts and Bolts: How Activists Became Who TheyAre Today.

Chapter 3: The Pack: How Activists Are Working Together(But Not Officially).

Chapter 4: How Activists Use Litigation to Pursue TheirAgenda.

Chapter 5: Why Activists Target Certain Corporations andLeave Others Alone.

Chapter 6: Overperked and Overpaid: The Impact ofActivists on Executive Compensation.

Chapter 7: Hedge Specialization: Good or Bad?

Chapter 8: Regulation and Activists: How the Securitiesand Exchange Commission Helps (or Hurts) Activists.

Part Two: Institutional Investors and Activists.

Chapter 9: Institutional Investors on Activist HedgeFunds: Love’em or Hate’em?

Chapter 10: Activists Taking on Large Corporations MustHave Institutional Support.

Chapter 11: Institutions and Activist Hedge Funds:Breaking Up Deals Together Around the World.

Chapter 12: Just Vote No and No and No Again.

Chapter 13: Institutions Changing Corporate Bylaws soActivist Hedge Funds Can Get Down to Business.

Chapter 14: Can’t Be Them? Then Fund Them.

Chapter 15: Institutions Behaving Like Activist HedgeFund Managers.

Part Three: Activism 2.0.

Chapter 16: Technology, Communications, and Activists:Gary Lutin, Eric Jackson, and Anne Faulk.

Chapter 17: When Is an Activist Fund Really a PrivateEquity Fund, and What’s the Difference?

Chapter 18: Funds of Hedge Funds Stake Out Activists.

Chapter 19: Distressed Investing: How Activist ManagersBuy Debt and Provoke Companies.

Chapter 20: Hedge Activists in Western Europe, Asia, andCanada.

Chapter 21: East Meets West: Hedge Activism Goes Globalto Emerging Markets.

Chapter 22: Value Investing versus Activism: Which One IsBetter?

Conclusion: Saturation or No Saturation?

Notes.

About the Author.

Index.

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