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Ackman Has Luck of a Loser, to the Tune of $2.2 Billion

cnbc.com — However, Mr. Ackman and, to a lesser extent, Valeant found a backdoor way to win: Having acquired 9.7 percent of Allergan's stock before they made their takeover bid - which put the company in play - Mr. Ackman's fund now stands to collect $2.6 billion.

Ackman Has Luck of a Loser, to the Tune of $2.2 Billion

dealbook.nytimes.com — Heads he wins. Tails he wins. That was the situation William A. Ackman, the hedge fund manager and founder of Pershing Square Capital Management, found himself in - or perhaps more accurately, orchestrated - on Monday. His investment partner, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, appeared to withdraw from a hostile takeover battle to buy Allergan, the maker of Botox, when a higher rival offer emerged.

Hasbro courts DreamWorks Animation

theglobeandmail.com — Shrek could soon share a home with the Transformers and My Little Pony, if their corporate parents are able to seal a deal. The toy maker Hasbro is in advanced talks to buy DreamWorks Animation, potentially gaining a new big-screen outlet for its wares, people briefed on the matter said Wednesday.

Hasbro Said to Be in Talks to Buy DreamWorks Animation

cnbc.com — In a deal that would be an unusual union of toy maker and an animation studio, Hasbro is in talks to buy DreamWorks Animatio n, a person briefed on the matter said on Wednesday. Under the current terms of the proposed deal, Hasbro would pay a mix of cash and stock, though an exact price has not been determined yet, this person said.

Hasbro Said to Be in Talks to Buy DreamWorks Animation

dealbook.nytimes.com — In a deal that would be an unusual union of toy maker and an animation studio, Hasbro is in talks to buy DreamWorks Animation, a person briefed on the matter said on Wednesday. Under the current terms of the proposed deal, Hasbro would pay a mix of cash and stock, though an exact price has not been determined yet, this person said.

More Bank Settlements Coming in Widening Currency Case

cnbc.com — The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, a banking regulator in Washington, is also planning to settle with some of the banks involved in the so-called global settlement. Separately, the comptroller's office is poised to announce a settlement with Bank of America.

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More Transparency, More Pay for C.E.O.s

cnbc.com — One of the study's authors cited the jump in pay for Michael Dell, founder and chief executive of Dell, after it hired a compensation consultant in 2011. (His pay quadrupled though it may be hard to ascribe it solely to the consultant.) Similarly, the C.E.O. of Public Storage's pay multiplied after hiring a consultant.

Andrew Ross Sorkin: More transparency, more pay for CEOs

business-standard.com — A study at Cambridge shows how compensation consultants - which use the increasingly available public data on compensation to advise boards on how much to pay CEOs - are helping to ratchet up the pay for top executives It's very seldom that publishing compensation accomplishes much for the shareholders.

More Transparency, More Pay for C.E.O.s

dealbook.nytimes.com — "It's very seldom that publishing compensation accomplishes much for the shareholders. No C.E.O. looks at a proxy statement and comes away saying, 'I should be paid less.' " Warren Buffett made that contrarian argument earlier this year, at the annual meeting of Berkshire Hathaway, about the steady push for companies to disclose compensation in increasingly specific detail in the name of transparency.
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Nov 20, 2014

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Nov 18, 2014

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Nov 16, 2014

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Nov 13, 2014

Smart & provocative piece from the great Roger Lowenstein: How pensions make investing too complex @FortuneMagazine for.tn/1wCBJkx

Nov 12, 2014

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