S&C Critical Insights – Annual Overview of Activism Trends
December 8, 2020
In this episode of S&C’s Critical Insights podcast series, Melissa Sawyer, co-head of S&C’s Corporate Governance & Activism Practice, and associate Lauren Boehmke provide an overview of U.S. activism trends they expect to persist into 2021. They cover the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on activism campaigns in the spring of 2020 and look forward to how companies might get back to “business as usual” in the new year. They also discuss the convergence of strategy between activist investors and private equity funds, who are increasingly willing to borrow from each other’s playbooks. Finally, they explore how activists might look to capitalize on the ESP trend that has dominated corporate governance discourse among institutional investors.