Webinar – Shareholder activism after Covid-19:  How corporate secretaries and IROs can meet evolving challenges

Webinar – Shareholder activism after Covid-19: How corporate secretaries and IROs can meet evolving challenges

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020
8.00 am PDT / 11.00 am EDT / 4.00 pm BST / 5.00 pm CET
Duration: 45 minutes


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Public company leaders and boards have in recent months been focused on managing Covid-19-related issues. But now is also the time to think about and prepare for potential proxy fights, hostile or unsolicited takeover efforts and activist demands so you won’t be caught off guard in the aftermath of the pandemic.

Many activist investors seem to have scaled back their activities or refrained from targeting companies during the Covid-19 crisis. However, companies should expect to see an increase in activism and M&A activity in the coming months and activists may focus on how companies performed during the crisis and the impact that the pandemic has had on employees.

Our panel of experts will discuss how general counsel, corporate secretaries and IROs can best prepare for the latest and coming developments in activism, answering questions such as:

  • What trends are expected in post-pandemic activism and M&A?
  • What might make a company vulnerable and how can the board avoid this? 
  • How can the board respond to an activist with Covid-19-related concerns?
  • What are the challenges of and best practices for investor engagement post-pandemic?
  • How can a company prepare to defend itself from potential activists?
  • How can governance and IR teams best work together in dealing with an activist?

 Speakers include: 

Moderator: Ben Maiden, editor-at-large, Corporate Secretary
Elizabeth Bieber, counsel, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US
Phil Denning, partner, ICR
Edward Greene, managing director, Georgeson


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