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CORPORATE: Riding (and surviving) the wave of shareholder activism

10 October 2014  

Claire Curtis considers the rise of shareholder activism and how to avoid costly court proceedings

Shareholder activism has been on the rise in the UK over the past five to ten years. It reached a peak in 2012 resulting in the early months being branded the ‘Shareholder Spring’. For many companies and directors this was a long overdue wake-up call, with shareholders voicing their frustrations publicly and making it clear that they are no longer prepared to be silent investors. Dissatisfaction has been brewing since the economic downturn and subsequent fall-out from the financial crisis in 2007 and it has forced companies, notably listed ones, to actively engage with their shareholders.