Pot Calls Kettle Black as Trian Complains of “Scorched Earth” 

One of the men who helped create modern corporate raiding by publicly castigating companies is complaining about being publicly castigated. Nelson Peltz’s Trian moaned on Wednesday that the Walt Disney Company is running a “scorched Earth” campaign that even includes “mudslinging!”  

This week, Disney not only put out its investor presentation and received a rare endorsement from one of the most powerful CEOs on Wall Street, Jamie Dimon, but also brought out Pinocchio to expose some of Peltz and Trian’s own propaganda.

As activism season continues to heat up, Peltz’s fellow octogenarian, Carl Icahn, took a backseat this week. Reuters’ Svea Herbst Bayliss and David Carnevali broke the news that Icahn abandoned plans to launch his second board challenge in two years at medical device company Illumina. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal’s Lauren Thomas reported that Third Point’s Dan Loeb will appoint three new nominees to the Advanced Auto Parts board after calling for more directors with auto experience. In her other reporting on the activism beat, Thomas also noted that the activist firm Land & Buildings Investment Management is demanding additional shareholder returns at Equity Commonwealth and is threatening the real estate investment trust with a potential proxy fight. 

Lastly, the DealBook team revealed that Jason Karp and Alex Spiro are “turning activist investor” and attacking Kellogg for using potentially harmful and artificial ingredients in their products. 

Have a great weekend,

GPP Team


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Reuters Breakingviews: How to Sustain the Big Rebound in Dealmaking: Podcast

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Bloomberg: Dealmakers Curb Their Enthusiasm in New Orleans

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The New York Times: Reddit’s Long, Rocky Road to an Initial Public Offering

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CFO Daily: A Former SEC Attorney on the New Climate Rules

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One of the many advantages of spending a weekend in New York is the variety of activities you can fit into one day…especially if that day is St. Patrick’s Day. Before the Guinness is poured and the bagpipes start playing, you could also celebrate Asia Week New York where 28 top Asian art galleries, including The Met and Brooklyn Museum, lend space to showcase Asian art. If you still haven’t got your art fill, the 81st edition of the Whitney Biennial — the longest-running survey of contemporary art in the United States — starts this weekend. The exhibition’s subtitle, Even Better Than the Real Thing, touches on A.I and its impact on our understanding of what is real.

If you do want to imbibe – ahem – in some St. Patty’s day traditions, start with the Parade – the oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the world — and end in just about any Irish Pub in the city and you are sure to have a good time. The next day, Gladstone’s own Felipe Ucrós and Vanessa Esparza will be running The NYC Half Marathon. We wish all the runners a good race and look forward to a (preferably a Guinness) cheers at the finish line! 


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  • Former Elliot PM Sebastien de La Riviere is joining A5 Capital, a new investment firm that will manage the capital of tech entrepreneur Alex Algard. Read more
  • Goldman Sachs announced that board member Jessica Uhl will step down to focus on her role as President of GE’s energy spin-off GE Vernova. Read more
  • Lightspeed Venture Partners hired former Elliot Senior Managing Director Isaac Kim as the venture capital firm plans a foray into technology-focused LBOs. Read more
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