Deals wrap: Activist investors team up

February 18, 2011

A traffic light is pictured beside the Wall Street road sign in the financial district of New York September 19, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson Activist investors are back and flexing their muscles again after fading into the background during the credit crisis, though they are now dependent on cutting deals with big institutions to get their way.

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“Top venture-capital firms including Accel Partners and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers are riding the frenzy around companies like Facebook Inc. and Groupon Inc. to raise billions of dollars in new funds, even as the rest of the venture industry struggles to gather money,” reports the Wall Street Journal.

The volume of U.S. follow-on offerings totals $13.7 billion for year-to-date 2011, a 21% increase over last year.

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