Robert Cyran moved from the London office to New York, where he covers global technology, pharmaceuticals and special situations. Rob began his career at Forbes magazine, where he assisted in the start-up of the international version of the magazine. Before working at breakingviews he worked as a market researcher and reporter covering the pharmaceutical industry. Robert has a Masters degree in economics from Birmingham University and an undergraduate degree from George Washington University. Follow Rob on Twitter @rob_cyran
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SoftBank and Dish Network have pulled out the stops in their battle to control the U.S. cellphone operator. But SoftBank has the edge. The claim that Japanese ownership of Sprint is a risk to national security is half-baked and shows Dish boss Charlie Ergen’s desperation.
Shareholders ousted directors at two U.S. real estate investment trusts managed by the same family company, only to have the boards reappoint them. It’s just the latest example of the wretched practices plaguing a sector that deserves the same activist treatment as the oil patch.
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