Lessons From DuPont's Proxy Contest Victory

Law360, New York (June 3, 2015, 10:14 AM EDT) -- In May 2015, DuPont Co. defeated a proxy contest initiated by Trian Partners, a well-known investment firm that tends to focus on the merits rather than acerbic communications and name-calling. In years past, this boardroom battle may have garnered attention solely by virtue of the sheer size of the target — DuPont is a formidable company with a storied history and a market capitalization of more than $65 billion. Recent activist campaigns focused on huge companies like Apple and Pepsi, however, have made contests involving large-capitalization targets relatively commonplace today....

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