ABN AMRO: Activist Shareholders Among the Hedges (A)

ABN AMRO: Activist Shareholders Among the Hedges (A)

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On February 20, 2007, The Children’s Investment Fund sent a letter to the board of Dutch bank ABN AMRO requesting that ABN AMRO explore options to merge, sell, or spin-off some of its assets, or even the whole business. Never before had shareholder activism reached such a scale. As turmoil reigned and speculation began, the largest bidding war in banking history began over one of Europe’s largest and oldest banks.

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