Activism Pressure and the Market for Corporate Assets

The rise of shareholder activism, and its recent international expansion, have led researchers to look at many aspects of hedge fund activism. Academic papers have almost exclusively focused on the effects on firms targeted in activist campaigns. But the intense and sustained presence of hedge fund activists in many industries and markets makes it likely that activism produces effects beyond those on activism target firms. The real effects of activism on other firms, stakeholders, institutions, and markets remain largely unexplored.

Our paper attempts to make headway in this direction by exploring the impact of hedge fund activism on markets for … Read more