We are in a new world of shareholder activism—one where all companies are a potential target, and investors with no activist history are making activist demands. Directors now need a new set of skills to ensure they are able to successfully navigate this new landscape and respond effectively to an activist threat. In this webinar we will examine who today’s activists are, what they are looking for, how to identify your risk, and what to do to mitigate an attack. You will hear from Mark Simms, CEO of CMi2i, the London-based leading capital markets intelligence firm, and Harry St. John Cooper, an ex-activist (Paulson & Co) in this educational and informative session.
- The current shareholder activist landscape
- Types of shareholder activism
- How ESG has changed what shareholder activism is
- Quantifying your risk and identifying vulnerabilities
- How directors can mitigate the risk of attack
- How to be prepared for an attack
- What to do if you are confronted with an activist investor
Mark Simms is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of CMi2i. For 25 years Mark has specialised in the provision of capital markets intelligence and advisory services, specialising in activist defence and transactional support. In addition to founding CMi2i, he founded its predecessor Capital Precision. He was previously CEO of Ilios Europe and has held senior positions within the Investor Relations industry, including at Thomson Financial and ICV Ltd. Mark regularly speaks at events around the world on shareholder activism at international IR and banking conferences. He has also been involved in shaping disclosure policy, market transparency regulation, and law reviews across European jurisdictions.
Harry St. John Cooper has over thirty years of experience in global capital markets. He first worked for JP Morgan Cazenove, in both London and New York. But he was most notably a partner involved in the setting up and running of the European office of Paulson & Co. Inc., the leading New York based hedge fund specialising in merger arbitrage and event-driven investing. He has extensive experience as an activist investor as well as in shareholder engagement and investment analysis. He is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds a B.S. (Econ) in Accounting and Finance from The London School of Economics.
CMi2i, the world’s leading forensic capital markets intelligence firm, specialises in the world’s most accurate equity & debtholder identification serviceand supports issuers and their advisors with their ESG investment, investor relations, M&A, shareholder activism, capital restructuring and proxy solicitation goals. The company has supported more than 1000 activist defences & corporate transactions and has over 500 clients worldwide. Learn more at www.cmi2i.com.