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Starboard escalates Darden proxy fight

Operator of Olive Garden offers to relinquish three seats on its 12-person board, but the activist investor is not appeased. Continue reading

Activists fight dual-class warfare and family affairs

With activism becoming mainstream, corporate characteristics once certain to keep the barbarians at bay now constitute invitations to slug it out. But those structures can still make it difficult to prevail in a proxy campaign. Continue reading

Loehmann's set to complete wind-down

A judge confirms the liquidation plan for the former discount retailer. Continue reading

Plaza Centers completes restructuring

The Israeli-owned developer of shopping centers in emerging Europe and India is released from administration by a Dutch court. Continue reading

These five boards could be the worst

A look at some egregious pay practices, over-the-top takeover defenses and generally poor governance. There may be some groups that are even more awful, but we haven't found them. Continue reading

Hot Dog on a Stick heads for auction

A Global Franchise Group affiliate has offered $12.2 million for the operator of fast-food restaurants. Continue reading

U.K. seeks new powers to shape takeovers

Business Secretary Vince Cable aims to develop a "fallback" weapon to intervene in takeovers on national interest grounds when a bidder refuses to negotiate. Continue reading

Unilever sheds Slim-Fast to Kainos Capital Partners

The Anglo Dutch consumer products giant is reshaping its food products portfolio. Continue reading

Whirlpool plugs into European market with Indesit

The $1 billion deal for an initial 60% stake follows a period of retrenchment at the Italian appliances maker and a lengthy review of ownership options by its largest shareholder. Continue reading

EveryWare's PE backer proposes cash infusion

Monomoy Capital Partners is willing to provide $20 million to the seller of tableware to mass retail and foodservice industries, but a deal hasn't been struck yet. Continue reading

Destination Maternity aims to snuggle down with Mothercare

The Nasdaq-listed suitor wants to create a new U.K. holding company for both entities. Continue reading

SEC issues tough guidance for proxy advisory firms

Agency restrictions could have impact on activist investor campaigns. Continue reading

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