More M&A Deals Draw Activists' Ire In 2019's Q1

By Chelsea Naso (May 2, 2019, 3:12 PM EDT) -- Mergers and acquisitions are increasingly in the hot seat as activist investors line up campaigns to oppose announced transactions, with the practice spiking during the first quarter of this year.

Activist investors have long leaned on calls for companies to pursue M&A as a strategy for driving shareholder value, but there was an uptick in the number of agitators publicly opposing announced transactions in the first three months of 2019. The opposition has generally fallen into two camps: campaigns that want better deal terms and campaigns that want a deal scrapped entirely.

A recent study of first-quarter activity published by Activist...

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