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Shareholder Activism Knows No Bounds

A discussion with SRZ’s global Shareholder Activism Group

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US activist hedge fund managers are targeting the world’s largest listed companies, such Procter & Gamble (P&G), which has a market capitalisation in excess of $200 billion. Schulte Roth & Zabel’s (SRZ) leading shareholder activism lawyers are advising those managers, including Trian Partners, Elliott Management, Greenlight Capital and JANA Partners. Among numerous campaigns in the past year, SRZ advised Trian Partners in its campaign at P&G, the largest company to ever be the subject of a proxy contest.

‘We expect activists will continue going after large caps and mega caps’, says SRZ partner Marc Weingarten, co-chair of the firm’s global Shareholder Activism Group. ‘Their fund sizes are now so large that in order to move the needle, they have to go after large- or mega-cap stocks. They cannot invest enough in small- and mid-cap stocks. Indeed, Elliott runs $34 billion, Trian Partners $13 billion, Pershing Square $12 billion, and JANA Partners $7 billion.

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