The following post was originally included as part of our recently published memorandum “Selected Issues for Boards of Directors in 2023”.
Shareholder activism continued to rise in 2022, and is poised to bubble over in 2023. As we turn the page on 2022, the overall macroeconomic and geopolitical picture portends continued market volatility and recessionary-like conditions, and activists of all stripes will look to capitalize on valuation re-sets and broader disruption to push their agendas at companies at home and abroad. While we expect many of the activism trends from recent years to continue, that does not mean activism in 2023 will necessarily reflect business as usual. A number of recent developments will likely cause meaningful shifts to the activism landscape and playbook, which companies should be prepared to navigate. Some of these key developments and likely forces of change in 2023 are discussed below.
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