Activist Investors — Brace Yourselves For 13D Changes

Law360, New York (April 17, 2014, 10:03 PM EDT) -- A recent Wall Street Journal article, "Activist Investors Often Leak Their Plans to a Favored Few," — focused attention on "activist" investors and stock analysts who (as part of their bullish or bearish campaigns for or against companies in their sights) "tip" other investors about their planned campaigns and their accumulation of long/short positions.

While the article caused quite a splash, what seems to have gone unnoted is that the article appears to provide further confirmation that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is turning more aggressive attention toward shareholder activists and the type of "tipping" described in the Journal article....

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