Freshfields Discusses Trends in Stockholder Activism

While activist campaigns were down slightly year-on-year in 2019, stockholder activism remained a prominent tactic. Looking ahead to 2020, there is no reason to suspect a further decline. Activists notched some big wins over the year, notably Elliott in its campaign at AT&T, which saw the telecoms conglomerate announce it would conduct a full review of its portfolio, not make any further major acquisitions, add two new directors and separate the CEO/chair roles after the current CEO retires.

While each situation is different, several themes emerged during the year.

Increasing activity at large-caps

Elliott was able to effect change at … Read more