“Change will come. It’s only a matter of who brings it.”—Richard C. Breeden, hedge fund manager, Applebee’s stake-holder, former SEC chairmanFor more than two years, the restaurant industry has witnessed and been affected by the heightened activity of a new breed of “activist investors.” Those activists—often the heads of private-equity firms or hedge funds—are confident, vocal and sometimes larger than the companies they target. They also have successfully forced change at some ...
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