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SandRidge investor accuses company of dodging reform attempt

Investment firm TPG-Axon Capital is feuding with SandRidge Energy Inc. about the start date for a vote on its push to replace the company's leadership.
BY JAY F. MARKS Published: December 25, 2012

One of SandRidge Energy Inc.'s largest shareholders has turned to a Delaware court in its fight to force a leadership change at the Oklahoma City oil company.

TPG-Axon Capital said Monday it had filed a lawsuit in Delaware Chancery Court contesting the validity of the declared consent date set by SandRidge last week.

TPG-Axon is seeking to amend the company's bylaws and replace its current board of directors by enlisting support from other SandRidge shareholders, but CEO Dinakar Singh said the investment firm has not filed paperwork with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to start the consent solicitation.

Singh accused SandRidge CEO Tom Ward of resorting to trickery to confuse shareholders.

“Sadly, we are not surprised that Tom Ward and the board of directors have resorted to shameful tricks to try and confuse shareholders and shorten the period of time in which they have to vote,” Singh said.

“The actions Tom and the board have taken over the past several weeks reek of desperation and clearly illustrate their complete disregard for shareholder interests and transparency.

“Instead of limiting shareholders' ability to have their say, the board should be focused on exploring all strategic alternatives to maximize value.”

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