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Patrick Gadson Speaks on the Latest Shareholder Activism Trends at CorpGov's Spring 2022 Forum

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Patrick Gadson, partner and Co-Head of Vinson & Elkins’ Shareholder Activism practice group, spoke at The Spring 2022 CorpGov Forum, hosted by CorpGov and The Palm Beach Hedge Fund Association. The forum featured leading market participants and advisors who have consulted on board intelligence and the most prominent activism campaigns in recent years.

Watch the video where Gadson discusses the current downturn as a novel event for younger activists, with traditional tools for injecting liquidity unavailable due to the elevated risk of losing control over heightening inflation.

During the 90 minute event, panelists discussed the implications of depressed share prices, lessons from the 2022 proxy season, ESG disclosures, “greenwashing” concerns, proxy advisor considerations and more with data from AI-enabled research platform Sentieo.

  • Mark Grothe – Senior Research Analyst, M&A and Contested Situations, Glass Lewis
  • Patrick Gadson – Partner and Co-Head of Shareholder Activism, Vinson & Elkins
  • Michael A. Verrechia – Managing Director, M&A and Activism Advisory Group, Morrow Sodali
  • Phil Denning – Partner, Co-Head of Special Situations, ICR
  • Alicia Ritcey – Senior Vice President, Governance Solutions, ICR
  • Chris Young – Managing Director and Global Head of Contested Situations, Jefferies Financial Group Inc.
  • Keith Rosenbloom – Founder and Managing Member, Cruiser Capital
  • John Jannarone – Editor-in-Chief, CorpGov
  • Jarrett Banks – Editor-at-Large, CorpGov

Topics included:

  • Proxy advisor consideration
  • Activism in depressed and turbulent market
  • Governance concerns at the board level
  • ESG-based activism
  • Corporate preparedness

This information is provided by Vinson & Elkins LLP for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended, nor should it be construed, as legal advice.