Shareholder activism

Our team: Paul Airley

Shareholder activism levels are currently subdued as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, shareholder activism will inevitably regain its recent upward trajectory as investors seek to influence the direction of a company’s COVID-adapted business or take advantage of opportunities arising in the new trading environment. Activists may feel able to target a fundamentally strong company which has been devalued, or take or increase positions in a company forced into one of the major discounted financings which have been a feature of the response to the crisis.

This article considers activist strategies and tactics and the legal and regulatory framework relevant to the pursuit of their goals, and the tactics that should be adopted.

Fladgate’s capital markets team has significant experience in advising on activist situations. The firm has recently advised activist shareholders and companies dealing with activist concerns and campaigns. To read more – click here.

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