Take some time over the holidays to read this Fortune article on Paul Singer's activist strategy.
To get you started:
“The Elliott book of deals is probably the most instructive, and it’s also one of the most far, far reaching,” says Marty Lipton, founding partner of the law firm Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz and inventor of the poison-pill corporate defense strategy, who has lately faced Elliott more frequently and on more fronts than ever before. “They’ve been enormously successful, and they are a major factor in activism today.”
Full article here: Inside Elliott Management: How Paul Singer’s Hedge Fund Always Wins