Alex Roepers’s Light-Touch Activism Pays Off for Atlantic

The New York–based manager, who bypasses scathing public attacks in favor of behind-the-scenes meetings to effect change in companies, had one of his best-ever years last year.

A kinder, gentler approach to shareholder activism paid off big-time in 2013 for Alexander Roepers’s Atlantic Investment Management, which had one of its best years in its 25-year history.

The New York–based firm’s Cambrian Fund, a long-only activist fund that invests in just six or seven stocks and its largest fund, jumped 38.3

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