Activists gathered with signs outside Merck’s East London offices last week, protesting the drugmaker’s involvement in a campaign to delay South Africa’s proposal to allow low-cost copies of patented drugs.
Conor Hails, head of the University of Pennsylvania’s Sigma Chi chapter, was in a Philadelphia hotel ballroom last month for a Barclays Plc recruiting reception. A friend pointed out a banker from their fraternity. Hails, 20, approached with a secret handshake.
With the release of the Volcker rule, the Dodd-Frank Act’s regulatory overhaul is largely complete, giving banks a new degree of certainty about the limits of their business in the wake of the 2008 credit crisis.
Bill Stiritz paid scant attention to Herbalife Ltd. until a televised smackdown in January between billionaire hedge-fund activists Carl Icahn and Bill Ackman, who claims the nutrition company is a pyramid scheme. Icahn’s rebuttal convinced Stiritz to take a closer look.