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13 July, 2021

ESG activism ‘likely to proliferate’ following ExxonMobil vote

If events at Exxon last month proved anything, it is that ESG activism by hedge funds is now a force to be reckoned with for boardrooms. One academic warns there is more to come, with potentially more...
Businessman touching a yellow arrow

2 June, 2021

Activists set their sights on underperforming AIM boards

Although not exactly an everyday event, it is anything but rare these days for boards to find themselves under attack from activist shareholders. Following a period of corporate underperformance wh...
businesspeople having a tug of war

22 October, 2020

How hedge fund activists influence target firms

When the news broke in September 2016 that billionaire William A. Ackman had taken a 9.9% stake in Chipotle Mexican Grill, the stock of the burrito restaurant chain increased by nearly the same percen...
CEO walking towards the exit

3 August, 2020

US companies lead UK and Europe on speed of CEO turnover

When Expedia’s chief executive Mark Okerstrom stepped asid...
Stock market board

14 April, 2020

Warnings over risk of investor activism as boards focus on survival

As if boards didn’t have enough to do managing their companies in the midst of global pandemic, now they must contend with warnings of increased attention from activist investors. Attention has g...
activism, activist, investors, shareholder engagement

15 April, 2019

The changing face of activism

European companies are increasingly a target of activist investors, but the aggression seen in the past may be softened for a friendlier approach to win results. That’s the news we hear this week...
Citigroup

18 January, 2019

Citi’s information-sharing deal unlikely to spread

The interest of an activist investor in a company often sparks a slew of lurid headlines describing interactions with the board in conflict terms: it’s a “fight” or a “battle”. However, a...
activist investors, investor activism

1 August, 2018

The investor activists are here to stay

The statistics make it plain. Activist investors are having an impact on boardroom decision-making, with increasing regularity. 
Investment, investors, stocks and shares

10 July, 2018

Growth in ranks of activist investors reported for H1 2018

The number of activist investors has increased significantly in the first half of 2018, with 524 making public demands of companies compared with 444 in the first six months of 2017. The number of ...
activist investors, investor activism

25 June, 2018

UK companies face increase in investor activism

The threat of investor activism has increased in the UK over the past year, according to a survey by Alvarez & Marsal (A&M). Its research into the shareholder behaviour of major European re...