4 Smart Strategies For When An Activist Comes Calling

By Karlee Weinmann (January 22, 2014, 2:43 PM EST) -- A groundswell of shareholder activism has opened the door to more proxy battles between unhappy investors and underperforming companies that often wind up costing both groups time, energy and money — but there are key ways to minimize the effects of such an approach.

Particularly as the investment strategy picks up momentum in the marketplace and integrates itself in the mainstream, targeted companies will have to think more constructively and creatively about how to address activists' calls for change, said Chris Davis, who heads the investor activism group at Kleinberg Kaplan Wolff & Cohen PC.

"The world has changed. Activists aren't...

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