Feb 4, 2015By Karlee Weinmann, staff writer at Law360: When Staples Inc. confirmed Wednesday that it would swallow rival Office Depot Inc., it was careful to strip any credit from the activist investor that pitched the transaction after surfacing in both retailers’ stocks in December. The companies made clear they sidled up to the bargaining table to discuss the $6.3 billion cash-and-stock play in September, long before Starboard Value LP — one of the most prolific activist funds in today’s marketplace — publicly pitched a mirror image of the transaction last...
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