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Director Essentials: Preparing the Board for Shareholder Activism

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Series: Director Essentials
Publication Date: April 21, 2016
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In brief: As year-round shareholder activism becomes the new norm in the American boardroom, directors are called upon to prepare for and respond to any possible activist challenges. In order to equip directors with the knowledge and tools they need to address this challenge, this installment of the Director Essentials series includes information on trends in activist campaigns, types of investors and their methods of influence, and the board’s role in preparing for and responding to an activist challenge.

This resource can help your board:
  • Learn about what company characteristics attract activists and the methods activists use to enforce change.
  • Determine your company’s areas of vulnerability to activist challenges and how to correct them.
  • Conduct in-boardroom discussions to prepare for activism.
  • Create an activist response plan.
Most relevant audiences: Board chairs/lead directors, committee chairs, CEOs, general counsels, investor relations team