North America’s reputation as a global trendsetter has led many financial commentators over the past few years to predict the imminent arrival of a wave of Gordon Gekko-like corporate raiders on British shores. By stealthily buying up small stakes in companies, and amassing countless institutional allies in the process, hedge fund managers have made a lucrative habit out of imposing corporate change. Yet fast forward to 2016, and there’s still only a handful of activist investors attempting to replicate the type of brutal campaigns perfected by US gurus Bill Ackman, Carl Icahn or Dan Loeb in the UK.
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