Activist Monitor: Shareholder activism surges amid falling valuations, universal proxy ballots

  • Activist agitation is at levels not seen in years, governance advisors say
  • New SEC rules increase chances for challengers to win seats in proxy fights
  • Advisors seeing “fair amount of settlement activity” to avoid costs, distraction

Reevemark Founding Partner Paul Caminiti, Michael Fein of Kingsdale, and Barry O’Brien of Goldman Sachs shared their insights on shareholder activism with Activist Monitor’s Aldrin Brown.

Caminiti observed that the universal proxy card represents a significant new complication for target companies and noted that: “Companies need to be prepared for proxy contests this season…and depressed valuations, earnings pressures and market uncertainty make activist agitation more likely both to happen and gain investor support.”

The full article can be viewed here: AM-Shareholder activism surges


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