Steel Gets Seat On Japanese Co.’s Board

Jun 30 2008 | 2:32pm ET

After its unprecedented victory in a battle with a Japanese wig maker, U.S. activist hedge fund Steel Partners finally has a seat at the table.

The boardroom table, that is. Aderans Holdings named Joshua Schechter, a managing partner at New York-based Steel, to its board of directors, just over a month after Steel succeeded in ousting the company’s president and most of its board. Steel is Aderans’ largest shareholder, with a 26.7% stake.

Steel’s success stands in stark contrast to the failure of most activist hedge funds in Japan. Just last week, The Children’s Investment Fund suffered a devastating defeat in its battle with the country’s largest electric utility. Last year, Steel itself was condemned as an abusive acquirer in its battle with condiment maker Bull-Dog Sauce Co.

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