Baker Botts and Lazard Webinar: Key Current Trends and Best Practices for Preparedness


Please join Baker Botts partners, Travis Wofford and Danny David, along with Mary Ann Deignan and Christopher Couvelier from Lazard’s Shareholder Advisory practice and Doug Fordyce from Lazard’s Houston office, as they provide an update on the state of shareholder activism and related legal developments.

The pace of shareholder activism in 2018 continues to be robust. In terms of new activist campaigns initiated, the first and second quarters of 2018 were the two most active quarters ever, with 145 campaigns launched against 136 companies by 104 distinct activist investors. Although activist demands are diverse, requesting Board representation and urging some form of M&A have remained the most common objectives in 2018. Companies of all sizes, in all sectors and in all jurisdictions are fair game for today’s activist investor, and any company in the activist crosshairs must devote significant time, attention and resources to defending itself irrespective of how accurate the activist’s criticisms are. Companies that proactively prepare for possible activism routinely achieve more favorable outcomes than those that do not.

The program will discuss key trends in shareholder activism in 2018, what it will mean for the proxy season ahead and how public companies in this environment should prepare themselves for the possibility of activism. The Baker Botts and Lazard teams will share insights from recent activism campaigns and highlight some of the latest developments, trends and best practices, both from a legal and business perspective.

To register for this webinar, please contact Marissa McDonald.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (CT)

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