Activists Expected To Target M&A, Overseas Cos. In 2019

Law360 (January 1, 2019, 12:03 PM EST) -- Shareholder activists are expected to hit the ground running in 2019, carrying over their momentum from an action-packed year with an emphasis on challenging announced transactions and targeting companies outside of the U.S.

The busy year on tap follows a record year for activism. According to Lazard’s shareholder advisory group’s report on activity through the third quarter, 174 campaigns have already been launched, surpassing the 169 campaigns launched throughout all of 2017.

“I’ve never been busier at this time of the year before in my career,” said Kai Liekefett, who leads Sidley Austin LLP’s shareholder activism practice. "While there’s certainly a...

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