Third Point To Move Forward With Yahoo! Proxy Fight

Mar 26 2012 | 9:06am ET

Daniel Loeb’s $9 billion hedge fund, Third Point, the largest outside shareholder of Yahoo! Inc., says it will push on with a proxy fight to install its own directors on the internet company’s board.

Yahoo appointed three new independent directors to its board—Peter Liguori, former Fox Broadcasting Network chairman; John Hayes, American Express chief marketing officer; and Thomas McInerney, who is leaving as chief financial officer of IAC/InterActiveCorp—after failing to reach a compromise with the hedge fund.

Third Point had pushed for the appointment of its own slate of four directors, including Loeb. Yahoo said in a statement it had offered to add one of Third Point’s four nominees, Harry Wilson, and another member agreed to by both sides but that Loeb had rejected the proposal.

Third Point, which owns about 5.8% of Yahoo, said in a statement it was “disappointed” by Yahoo’s move: “Third Point offered several significant compromises to strike a deal and avoid a proxy contest. Today, the board has shown yet again that they are unable to execute deals that are in the company's best interests.”

Third Point says it will seek shareholder votes on its own slate of directors during this year’s Yahoo annual meeting.


In Depth

Dillon Eustace: The Advantages of ICAVs

Feb 11 2016 | 7:51pm ET

As the growth of alternative investment vehicles continues, global asset managers...

Lifestyle

Citadel's Ken Griffin Donates $40M To New York's Museum of Modern Art

Dec 22 2015 | 9:23pm ET

Citadel founder Ken Griffin has donated $40 million to New York’s Museum of Modern...

Guest Contributor

Hedging Against Reputational Risk in the 21st Century

Feb 12 2016 | 7:18pm ET

For investors, the first step in researching a new fund or manager is to google...