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American Capital (ACAS) announces a "strategic review" even as the company prepares to spin off the bulk of its assets into a new Business Development Company in a nod to pressure from its major shareholder, activist hedge fund Elliott Management. Will this "unlock shareholder value" or go nowhere ?

Under-performing KCAP Financial (KCAP) was approached by its 3rd largest shareholder in October, requesting a stock buy-back or a sale of the Company to restore shareholder value. We review the activist shareholder's views, and provide an update on what has happened to date. Part of a series.