CAN YOU HELP? Feature on the rise of the activist investor….

Looking for contributions on activist investors and their role in the fund management industry and their influence on investors, particularly institutional investors.

The US has seen increased activism from investors seeking to impose their will on corporate boards.

An increasing number of high profile battles between boards of public companies and activists have seen the activists win more than they lose and often get considerable concessions in the process, including seats on the board for themselves or their nominees.

· How successful have these investors been and what have they achieved?

· Do they really increase efficiency at companies, or simply crave fast results to maximise their investments at the (potential) cost to other shareholders?

· What is the potential impact for equity (or credit) investment and how do these investors sit with other fund managers and their clients?

· To what extent is this a growing trend?

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