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The Struggle to Rein In Shareholder Activism

For over a decade, shareholder activism has been on the rise, affecting an increasing number of publicly traded companies.

Essentially a re-brand of the 1980s-era “corporate raiders,” today’s activists are primarily institutional shareholders that seek to profit by forcing change at companies – whether by seeking board seats, pursuing managerial purges, or effectuating transactions for short-term gain.  Shareholder activism is a battle for corporate control, accomplished largely through proxy fights and publicity campaigns.  The Federalist Society’s Teleforum provides an overview of the shareholder activism landscape, strategies and counter strategies to protect against activist tactics, and will assess the prospect for legal reforms intended to stem the flow of activist campaigns. Listen to the podcast here.

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.