The Determinants and Consequences of Appointing Activist Directors

In recent years, an increasingly popular strategy among hedge fund activists has been to acquire  seats on the boards of target companies. These board seats are held by what we refer to as “activist directors,” who may be affiliated with the activists or nominated by them. However, obtaining board representation has costs, which include the direct costs of getting board representation and the risk of staking one’s reputation on the company’s future performance. Additionally, board positions come with fiduciary responsibilities to all shareholders, and access to inside information may limit the ability of activists to trade the stock of targets.… Read more