April 16, 2018 / 2:39 PM / in 13 hours

FACTBOX-Activist Elliott's European holdings and campaigns

(Updates Waterstones, Whitbread, Micro Focus, Telecom Italia, adds Hammerson)

April 26 (Reuters) - Activist investor Elliott will buy British bookshop chain Waterstones for an undisclosed sum, Waterstones said on Thursday.

This follows a recent flurry of activity in Europe by American Paul Elliott Singer’s hedge fund firm. Elliott was established in 1977 and has a reputation as being one of the most vocal activists internationally.

Here are some of Elliott’s top holdings in Europe, and details of its recent campaigns.

The hedge fund did not respond to request for comment on Thursday.

Waterstones

- Acquired by Elliott on April 26, 2018, price undisclosed

Whitbread

- 6 percent

- Stake first revealed on April 14, 2018

- Whitbread said on April 25 it would spin off Costa Coffee after pressure from Elliott and other investors

Hammerson

- 2.03 percent

- Elliott discloses 1.53 percent stake on April 20, 2018

- Elliott ups stake twice, bringing it to 2.03 percent on April 25

Micro Focus:

- 5.1 percent

- Confirmed by Elliott on April 23, 2018

Telecom Italia:

- 8.85 percent

- Disclosed on March 5

- Called for six Vivendi-nominated board members to be replaced to improve performance and corporate governance

- Reiterated support for CEO Amos Genish April 24

BHP Billiton:

- 4.66 percent

- Disclosed in letter from Elliott on April 10, 2017

- Called for the company to sell off its oil business and ditch its dual listing structure

Akzo Nobel:

- 5.01 percent

- First revealed by Wall Street Journal in March 2017

- Asked Dutch paint maker to consider a sale to PPG Industries last year but request rejected

Sky:

- 2.8359 percent

- First revealed stake in UK filing on Jan. 26

Italian soccer club AC Milan:

- 300 million euro funding.

- First revealed March 2017

- Financed a Chinese consortium to fund the acquisition of players and bank debt repayments at AC Milan

GKN:

- 3.8 percent

- First disclosed stake on Jan. 15

- Pressured GKN to engage in takeover talks with potential acquirer Melrose Industries before deal went ahead

Uniper

- 2.4 percent

- Stake in takeover target announced on Dec. 5, 2017

Stada

- 3.6 percent

- Stake in German pharmaceutical company first revealed by Bloomberg report on July 6, 2017

GEA Group:

- 3.01 percent stake in German food processing company

- First revealed stake on Oct. 11, 2017

Fidessa Group:

- 4.0967 percent

- Elliott first revealed stake in British software firm on Feb. 21

Dufry:

- 0.94 percent

- First disclosed position in airport retailer on Dec. 20, 2017

Reporting by Carolyn Cohn, Maiya Keidan and Simon Jessop Editing by Keith Weir

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