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The Wall Street Journal | Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Shareholders like their corporate boards stocked with independent directors—men and women unencumbered by close ties to the company or its executives. The reasoning: Who better to act in the interest of investors?

The Wall Street Journal | Monday, December 14, 2015

A financial obfuscation of the dot-com era is making a comeback: Hundreds of U.S. companies are trumpeting adjusted net income, adjusted sales and “adjusted Ebitda.”

The Wall Street Journal | Monday, October 5, 2015

Everything about Elvis Presley was big. Graceland, his iconic Memphis estate, attracts 600,000 people a year to tour the King’s lavish mansion and gawk at his jumpsuits, gold records and memorabilia.

The Wall Street Journal | Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Cities and states have plied companies with tax breaks for decades hoping to attract jobs and commerce. A new accounting standard will force many to disclose the total annual cost.

The Wall Street Journal | Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Buried deep in American companies’ securities filings is an indicator for how aggressively they are working to shield their income from the Internal Revenue Service and other tax authorities.

DealBook | Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Carl C. Icahn may have given up his campaign to block Dell Inc. from going private in a vote on Thursday. But the activist investor still has a good shot at another goal: getting more for his shares than the company’s founder, Michael S.

DealBook | Monday, July 22, 2013

Just two days out from Dell’s new deadline for counting votes on its founder’s proposed buyout, the company’s fate appears to rest firmly in the hands of the deal’s most vociferous critics: the activist investor Carl C.

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