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What defenses work?

What are the most effective defensive tactics a company can use against activist investors?

Activists take a dim view of “hard” defenses, preferring companies to enter into a dialogue. Poison pills, for example, have played their part in corporate responses to activism, even if they are perceived as being in decline. Activists don’t see these as a useful deterrent, perhaps because their use will often incur the wrath of proxy voting advisers.

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