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Will activism continue to grow?

What do you expect to happen to the volume of shareholder activism campaigns over the next 12 months?

Many factors have been predicted to precipitate the decline of shareholder activism, from higher interest rates to greater corporate preparedness, a more long-term agenda from passive shareholders, and the topping of the M&A cycle. So far, none have been able to dent activism’s rise. In recent years, shareholder activism has gone from being a niche investing strategy to a thriving industry. Activism has facilitated some of the biggest transformations in capital markets – from sector consolidation to changing capital allocation trends – and accelerated the search for margin growth. Today, few activists expect any backsliding. Only 12% of those surveyed see the volume of activism decreasing over the next 12 months – and almost three-times as many (32%), expect it will increase. However, the bulk of respondents expect activism to continue at current levels.

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