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  • SEC Blames Split Votes on Time Crunch

    The SEC commissioners' release of two contradictory shareholder proposals raised eyebrows in the Senate, but chairman Christopher Cox testified that the move was necessary to reach a fall deadline. July 31, 2007

  • When in the Course of Auditing Events

    The PCAOB may change the auditors' declaration of independence. July 23, 2007

  • Moody's: Activists Hurt Bondholders

    A new study says activist shareholders (read: hedge funds) typically hurt the credit quality of their target companies. June 12, 2007

  • New CFO Steering "Grand Theft Auto"

    Just months after grabbing the wheel of Take-Two Interactive and throwing the CEO and CFO into the street, hedge funds put a new CFO in the finance driver's seat. June 12, 2007

  • Hedge-fund Bullies

    Activist fund managers can be brutal, but there are ways to fight back. June 1, 2007

  • Proxy Firm, Heal Thyself

    Proxy-services firm Glass, Lewis's new Chinese owner, criticized for senior-management lapses, announces new initiatives, but not all of them meet Glass, Lewis's own standards. June 1, 2007

  • Proxy Firms Fire Back at Critics

    Glass Lewis and ISS say suggestions that clients are unhappy with their ownership changes are off-base. May 30, 2007

  • Users May Put Proxy Firms under Glass

    With both Glass Lewis and ISS under new ownership, questions arise among clients. May 29, 2007

  • Ceridian Fires Exec for Passing Secrets to Hedge Fund

    The dust-up between the company and Pershing Square Capital highlights the tensions between activist funds and the management and boards of their targets. May 14, 2007

  • Fannie Mae Clears Another Hurdle

    With its 2005 10-K and 2002-2004 restatements done, CFO Robert Blakely gives way to former AOL finance chief Steven M. Swad. May 2, 2007

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