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iv) Activist Investors are my next catalyst. Obviously, there’s no specific timetable here, but since most activists are performance-driven hedge funds, a 6 mth to 2 yr timeline is reasonable. Activists in the UK usually target asset discounts & realizations (so investment trusts/companies are ideal), while European/US activists are perhaps more biased towards operational change (which may require a longer investment horizon).
Most activists prefer to agitate for change behind the scenes, but some prefer to be more public: Carl Icahn (I read King Icahn at least once a year) is the king of the activists – he’s 77 now, but is more of top of his game today than he was 30 yrs ago! Other notorious activists (& 13D filers) are Dan Loeb of Third Point (and here, though he claims he’s mellowed now!) & Robert Chapman, who (presumably!?) introduced the first ‘fuck‘ in an SEC filing. More in-depth reading material includes ‘Risk Arbitrage‘ by Wyser-Pratte, ‘Extreme Value Hedging‘ by Orol, and certain chapters of ‘Free Capital‘ by Guy Thomas.