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Excerpt: This was a resounding victory for shareholders and an unusual exercise of their rights. Shareholders owning as much as 63% of the stock consented to the proposals, which involved removal of four of the five sitting directors and the election of four new directors in their stead. Among the consenting investors were mutual funds, institutional investors, large individual investors, former executives and hedge funds. The stock was held widely and dozens of professional investors consented to the proposals. At least one very large mutual fund was on the verge of adding their consent to the pile (which would have brought the totals into the high 60s) when we elected to deliver the consents to the company.
Consent solicitations are relatively rare