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    1. Future Returns: Private Funds Focused on ESG are Facing Transparency Push

      Future Returns: Private Funds Focused on ESG are Facing Transparency Push

      Private market fund managers increasingly are considering environmental, social, and governance practices when making investments largely because investors are demanding it. This rising demand is, in turn, forcing the opaque world of global private markets to become more transparent, as many investors in these funds are fiduciaries—such as pension funds—with a responsibility to understand what they are investing in, according to Jaclyn Bouchard, head of ESG for Preqin, a London-based data provider to the alternative and private market industry. This focus on ESG factors is making it necessary for private-market managers to provide non-financial information such as greenhouse ...

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    2. U.S. Companies Promised More Racial Diversity Equity in the Workplace. How are They Doing Now?

      U.S. Companies Promised More Racial Diversity Equity in the Workplace. How are They Doing Now?

      Two years since Corporate America’s $50 billion promise to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), the question on many people’s minds is whether companies have actually made progress toward their commitments. Have we seen noteworthy changes demonstrating impact ? Americans are looking for action. New survey research by JUST Capital and SSRS shows that 92% of Americans believe it is important for companies to promote racial diversity and equity in the workplace...

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    3. Zendesk Stock Rises on Report of Settlement Talks With Activist Jana

      Zendesk Stock Rises on Report of Settlement Talks With Activist Jana

      Zendesk shares rose after a report from The Wall Street Journal said the provider of cloud-based customer-service software was in settlement talks with activist investor Jana Partners that could include the departure of the company’s chief executive. The talks come after Zendesk (ticker: ZEN) said last week it plans to continue on as an independent public company after not finding a buyer...

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    4. Do Poison Pills Work? A Finance Expert Explains the Anti-Takeover Tool That Twitter Hopes Will Keep Elon Musk at Bay

      Do Poison Pills Work? A Finance Expert Explains the Anti-Takeover Tool That Twitter Hopes Will Keep Elon Musk at Bay

      Takeovers are usually friendly affairs. Corporate executives engage in top-secret talks, with one company or group of investors making a bid for another business. After some negotiating, the companies engaged in the merger or acquisition announce a deal has been struck...

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    5. Carl Icahn Presses McDonald's on How It Sources Pork, Proposes 2 for the Board.

      Carl Icahn Presses McDonald's on How It Sources Pork, Proposes 2 for the Board.

      Carl Icahn wants to add two people of his choosing to the board of McDonald’s , which said in a statement on Sunday that it would evaluate his nominees. The activist investor nominated Leslie Samuelrich and Maisie Ganzler to stand for election at the 2022 annual meeting. McDonald’s has a 12-member board. Icahn is taking issue with the pork that McDonald’s (ticker: MCD) buys to make its sausage patties and other food items...

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    6. Daniel Loeb Sees $1 Trillion in Untapped Value in Amazon

      Daniel Loeb Sees $1 Trillion in Untapped Value in Amazon

      Activist investor Daniel Loeb, whose Third Point LLC counts Amazon.com Inc. as one of its biggest holdings, told investors on Wednesday that he sees roughly $1 trillion in untapped value at the e-commerce giant. Loeb said on a private call with the hedge fund’s investors that the market is failing to recognize the full value of Amazon’s AMZN, +1.02% two disparate businesses, its core e-commerce operation and its Amazon Web Services cloud unit, according to people familiar with the matter...

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    7. Opinion: Activist Shareholders Are Pushing Companies to Embrace ESG and Other Social Causes. But One Big Question is Still Unanswered.

      Opinion: Activist Shareholders Are Pushing Companies to Embrace ESG and Other Social Causes. But One Big Question is Still Unanswered.

      The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced a new interpretation of its rules that would allow a company’s shareholders to vote on a much broader range of social policy proposals at the company’s annual meeting. Yet the SEC staff left the crucial question unanswered: How do we decide whether a social policy is “economically relevant” to a company’s business? Shareholder actions on environmental, social and governmental issues are certainly gaining steam...

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