Shareholder activism

Are you a target for an activist investor? What if an activist hedge fund comes knocking?

Shareholder activism is exploding: The number of activists is increasing, and their tactics and strategies are changing. Several hundred new activist hedge funds—on the aggressive end of the activism spectrum—have launched in the past decade, and their assets under management are surging.

We believe that companies that put themselves in an activist’s shoes will be most able to anticipate, prepare for, and respond to an activist campaign. So what should they know—and do?


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Learn how your company can respond to shareholder activism

How can your company prepare for shareholder activism?

Companies can take a critical look at their businesses as an activist would, looking hard for underperforming components. They can understand which activists might be interested in or attracted to the company and why. And they can better understand their shareholder base and have a tailored engagement plan.

How can your company respond to a shareholder activist?

If an activist investor knocks, companies can objectively consider the activist's ideas, not only to identify areas of consensus but also to be able to demonstrate to other investors that management and the board are aligned with long-term shareholder value.


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Paula Loop

Paula Loop

Governance Insights Center Leader, PwC US

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Stephen G. Parker

Partner, Governance Insights Center, PwC US

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Paul DeNicola

Principal, Governance Insights Center, PwC US

Barbara Berlin

Barbara Berlin

Managing Director, Governance Insights Center, PwC US

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