Highfields Capital and McDonalds
McDonald's reported its fifth consecutive quarter of declining same-store sales growth in early 2015. Despite McDonald's recent poor performance, Jonathon S. Jacobson, the founder and Chief Investment Officer of Boston-based Highfields Capital Management, had initiated a large position in McDonald's stock. Jacobson and his team believed that there was enormous upside in McDonald's stock if management successfully implemented what they perceived to be straightforward operational and financial changes. McDonald's needed to return to its core competencies of producing quick and reliable burgers and fries. In addition, they believed that financial restructuring could unlock sizable value for investors. Jacobson and his team debated whether to more forcefully articulate their vision for the company and began drafting a letter to Andrew McKenna, McDonald's Chairman.