Activists Look To PE Playbook To Deploy Record Cash Stores

Law360, New York (October 8, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT) -- Prominent activist funds under pressure to keep record-setting returns coming are mimicking pure-play buyout firms with takeover bids of their own, a strategy that can pay off both as a way to deploy brimming cash reserves and a shortcut to put targeted companies in play.

A more crowded field of activists hasn't slowed activist activity, but it has inspired companies to find ways to head off activist plays, leaving funds squeezed even as they have more cash in their coffers than ever.

“As your fund grows, it creates an immense amount of opportunity — but it creates increased challenges,” said Chris...

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