Mergermarket M&A Forum Chicago 2023

The must-attend event for US dealmakers returns!

The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago

11 Jul

M&A drivers: The rise of activist investors

The number of shareholder activist campaigns in the US is on the rise, with companies anticipating that activism will continue to be a powerful lever for opportunistic shareholders seeking to extract value and deliver superior returns. A key focus for activist campaigns centers on corporate governance relating to ESG (especially environmental), and in the current troubled economic climate, activist campaigns may be launched against companies that are underperforming with depressed stock prices. We are likely to continue to see private equity players adopting a similar strategy to traditional shareholder activism as they come to the table with a value creation thesis, pushing for a change in management, a sale, or the breakup of the company. In this session, a panel of experts will look at the current activist landscape and the sectors that could attract attention in 2023 and beyond.

  • What are the typical activist situations, and how are campaigns being structured?
  • Are more activist firms adopting private equity-like approaches?
  • How will ESG activist campaigners continue to assert themselves?
  • What sectors are likely to be under the spotlight over the next 12 months, and how will this impact the M&A landscape?
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  • Speakers keyboard_arrow_down
    Rachel Stone Charlottesville Bureau Chief MERGERMARKET Bio
    Michael Fein Founder and CEO CAMPAIGN MANAGEMENT Bio
    Duncan Herrington Managing Director, Shareholder Advisory MOELIS Bio
    David R. Clark Partner SKADDEN Bio
    Dan Scorpio Managing Director, Head of M&A and Activism H/ADVISORS ABERNATHY Bio