Shareholder Activism Insight 2014
13. Januar 2015
The volume of activist campaigns is expected to continue to rise over the next 12-24 months. The 2014 Shareholder Activism Insight report, published by Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP in association with Mergermarket, notably reveals that the drivers behind the increased activist activity are numerous and wide-ranging.
The report examines the opinions of corporate executives and activist shareholders from the United States and for the first time, Europe, about their experiences in their respective regions. The report provides deep analysis of the issues impacting activism and unveils expectations for activity in 2015 and beyond.
Some key findings from the report include:
- Some 98% of US respondents expect an increase in activism, with more than half expecting the increase to be substantial
- Fifty-two percent of US respondents say that keeping an open dialogue with shareholders is the best company strategy to counter activist investors
- Europe is set for an activism boom. Among the European respondents, 77% of corporates and 67% of activists expect activism to pick up pace, due largely to the volume of underperforming assets left behind by the Eurozone crisis
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