Ronald Orol

Ronald Orol leads The Deal's coverage of activist hedge fund managers, a high-profile group of corporate investors who press for blockbuster deals and were the subject of his book “Extreme Value Hedging: How Activist Hedge Fund Managers are Taking on the World.”  Orol also specializes in reporting on bank and securities regulation in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Orol’s reporting covers a wide range of Washington issues critical to dealmaking, including financial reform, Securities and Exchange Commission rules impacting IPOs and mergers and federal oversight of bank transactions. Orol is an occasional commentator on TheStreet TV, BBC World Television and National Public Radio.

Recent Articles By The Author

Activist-Targeted Rent-A-Center Sold to Vintage

Activist-Targeted Rent-A-Center Sold to Vintage

Activist investor and Engaged Capital boss Glenn Welling is the architect behind the $15 a share deal.

Activist Spotlight: 2018 by the Numbers

Activist Spotlight: 2018 by the Numbers

A look back at the 2018 proxy season, as the top insurgent managers get set to speak at The Deal's annual corporate governance event in New York.

How Elliott Management's Paul Singer Took Activist Investing Global

How Elliott Management's Paul Singer Took Activist Investing Global

The insurgent investor behind Elliott Management by far has the most campaigns outstanding in the most countries and the most offices of any activist fund, plus transformative wins at Hyunda and Telecom Italia.

Lowe's Taps Home Depot Veteran As New CEO

Lowe's Taps Home Depot Veteran As New CEO

The insurgent behind Pershing Square accumulated about $1 billion worth of shares. He also backs Marvin Ellison, a Home Depot veteran tapped to be the company's next CEO. Ellison is taking on the company that he helped build into a powerhouse.

Ackman Targets Lowe's After Q1 Miss

Ackman Targets Lowe's After Q1 Miss

The insurgent behind Pershing Square accumulated about $1 billion worth of shares. He also backs Marvin Ellison, a Home Depot veteran tapped to be the company's next CEO.

ISS, Glass Lewis Oppose Facebook Directors

ISS, Glass Lewis Oppose Facebook Directors

Institutional Shareholder Services recommended that investors vote no in an uncontested election against five of nine Facebook directors, including the company's founder, Mark Zuckerberg, who holds the chairman position.

Starboard Quadruples Holding in Macerich, Weighs Director Contest

Starboard Quadruples Holding in Macerich, Weighs Director Contest

The Deal has learned that Third Point's Dan Loeb has liquidated his position in the shopping mall developer, a possible blow to Jeff Smith's efforts.

Activist Fund Engaged Takes New Position in Cross Country Health

Activist Fund Engaged Takes New Position in Cross Country Health

Glenn Welling took a couple new stakes and maintained large stakes at key targets including Rent-A-Center, Hain Celestial and TiVo.

Activist Elliott Management Buys Dish, Exxon, and Ford Stakes

Activist Elliott Management Buys Dish, Exxon, and Ford Stakes

Here's a wrap-up of new investments by the insurgent fund, as well as the latest stakes accumulated by Corvex's Keith Meister and a new investment by Bill Ackman.

Jana Partners Takes Positions in Adobe, Apple, Anthem, AutoDesk, Others

Jana Partners Takes Positions in Adobe, Apple, Anthem, AutoDesk, Others

The insurgent manager who helped engineer the Amazon-Whole Foods combination opened a window into his latest allocations, any of which could become campaigns. Here's a wrap up of his investments as well as new developments from Mick McGuire's Marcato Capital and Dan Loeb's Third Point.