Mar 23, 2018

The publicity-shy corporate raider stalking Barclays

For an intensely private man who is said to hold a low opinion of the press, Mr Bramson likes to pick high-profile fights. His playbook is simple yet effective: build a small but significant shareholding, get the support of influential shareholders and secure a seat on the board, and eventually oust the chief executive. Mr Bramson, whose slender stature has earned him unflattering comparisons with Mr Burns of The Simpsons, likes to keep his private life out of the limelight. People who have worked with Mr Bramson say he keeps his cards close to his chest and rarely engages with the media and shareholders. Mr Bramson followed a similar strategy in his takeover of listed UK private equity firm Electra in 2016.

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