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Shareholder Activism: Panel Discussion

Strategic Communications

July 1, 2014

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FTI Consulting hosted a panel discussion on shareholder activism following its recent survey of leading activists. Chaired by Edward Bridges, Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting — Strategic Communications, the panel participants included:

  • David Lis, Head of Equities, Aviva Investors
  • Piers Prichard Jones, Partner, Freshfield Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Steven Balet, Managing Director, Strategic Communications, FTI Consulting
  • Piers de Wilde, Senior Director, Global Risk and Investigations, Forensic & Litigation Consulting, FTI Consulting

The shareholder activism landscape had changed dramatically. According to data compiled by Hedge Fund Research, activist hedge funds managed over $93 billion dollars in 2013, almost triple the amount managed just five years ago, and an increase of 42 percent from an estimated $65 billion in 2012. This increase in investment has been fuelled by returns of 16.6 percent in 2013, which far outpaced the average hedge fund, returning 9.3 percent.

Further, the investors in these activist funds now include an increasing number of large pension funds and institutions — the same pension funds and institutions that have been increasingly supportive of activists with their votes.

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