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Activist investors buoyed by increased success and targeting mid-caps

Globally, activist shareholders launched 272 actions in the first six months of this year, putting 2014 on track for a record year after a total of 520 in 2013. Activist investors are becoming increasingly successful in their interventions with companies globally, with 60 per cent achieving their objectives in the first half of this year, compared with 56 per cent throughout 2013. Seeking boardroom representation continues to be the most popular tactic among activists, accounting for 41 per cent of all campaigns in the first half of 2014. Ralph Wollburg, a Düsseldorf partner and head of Linklaters’ Global Corporate Advisory Group said: “Activist investors are becoming more sophisticated and effective in pushing their campaigns forward. We are seeing an increased focus this year on companies in the $250m to $2bn market cap range and across the board, the activists are enjoying increasing success. For the time being, unsuccessful campaigns are the exception.”. Activist investors are achieving increased success in their interventions with companies, as the number of campaigns looks set to reach record levels in 2014, according to new research commissioned by Linklaters.

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Linklaters and Allens advises the KDDI Corporation - Sumitomo Corporation consortium on entering the telecommunications business in Myanmar

Alliance partners Linklaters and Allens have advised the KDDI Corporation - Sumitomo Corporation consortium on its agreement with Myanmar government agency Myanma Posts & Telecommunications to jointly develop and operate a fixed and mobile phone network in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

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