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Shareholder activism continues to grow in the UK, Europe and globally, and any company could become the focus of an activist – or active shareholder.

In this podcast series we will be talking about activism, the themes and trends we are seeing in activist campaigns and how companies can prepare for and respond to an activist approach.

Latest Episode: Activism and M&A

In this episode of our shareholder activism podcast series, we look at activism in the context of M&A. We discuss how shareholders can:

  • encourage M&A, by pushing companies to pursue a transaction; 
  • influence M&A, for example by agitating for a higher price from the bidder on a takeover offer; or 
  • threaten M&A, by seeking to block a transaction. 

We also discuss what parties can do to prepare for or ward off a transaction being challenged by a shareholder or group of shareholders.

Speakers: Antonia Kirkby, Professional Support Consultant, Robert Moore, Partner and Laura Ackroyd, Senior Associate.


All Episodes

Episode 1: An Introduction to Activism

In the first episode of our shareholder activism podcast series, we give an introduction to activism and look at:

  • what activism is 
  • what form an activism campaign may take 
  • some of the issues a company may face if it is targeted and
  • how can companies best prepare for activism.

Speakers: Antonia Kirkby, Professional Support Consultant, Mark Bardell, Partner and Neil Blake, Partner

Episode 2: What can a company do to prepare for an approach by an activist?

In the second episode of our shareholder activism podcast series, we talk about how companies are increasingly planning for an approach by an activist. We discuss in particular:

  • what companies can be doing now so that they are ready in the event of an activist coming on to their share register; and
  • how boards should respond at the point when an activist does make an approach or acquires shares in the company.

Speakers: Antonia Kirkby, Professional Support Consultant, Mark Bardell, Partner and Greg Mulley, Partner

Episode 3: Activism and AGMs

In this episode of our shareholder activism podcast series, we discuss activism and AGMs, including:

  • why we see more activism around AGMs,
  • the sorts of areas that activists target and 
  • what companies can do to prepare ahead of their next AGM.

Speakers: Antonia Kirkby, Professional Support Consultant, Mark Bardell, Partner and Gareth Sykes, Partner

Episode 4: Activism and M&A

In this episode of our shareholder activism podcast series, we look at activism in the context of M&A. We discuss how shareholders can:

  • encourage M&A, by pushing companies to pursue a transaction;
  • influence M&A, for example by agitating for a higher price from the bidder on a takeover offer; or
  • threaten M&A, by seeking to block a transaction.

We also discuss what parties can do to prepare for or ward off a transaction being challenged by a shareholder or group of shareholders.

Speakers: Antonia Kirkby, Professional Support Consultant, Robert Moore, Partner and Laura Ackroyd, Senior Associate.

Key contacts

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Mark Bardell

Partner, London

Mark Bardell
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Greg Mulley

Partner, London

Greg Mulley
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Gavin Davies

Head of Global M&A practice, London

Gavin Davies
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Antonia Kirkby

Professional Support Consultant, London

Antonia Kirkby

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