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Apr 30, 1999

All eyes on value

Activist funds around the world are combining their clout to invest more power over companies

Poorly-performing companies take heed: the world's biggest shareholders – institutional investors – are increasingly talking among themselves, comparing notes and networking to orchestrate a united, activist front in the fight for shareholder value. Moreover, with roots in the US, the vine of shareholder activism has taken hold in the UK and seems destined to spread to continental Europe and beyond. Yet while Anglo/US investors are often the most vigorous force for change, 'in-country'

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