Shareholder Activism

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JANUARY 25, 2018
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Activism in Asia is a topic that has caught the imagination largely through the endeavors of large U.S. activists – notably Third Point Partners at Sony. Yet as this special report makes clear, there is a lot more to the region than that prism suggests.

As the first publisher to provide such a detailed survey of activism across Asia, we think these findings are groundbreaking. Between 2013 and the end of June 2017, more than 200 companies were publicly targeted by activists across the region. Moreover, activity has accelerated. Already at the end of the second quarter this year, almost as many companies have been targeted as in the whole of 2014.

A few themes from this report, which has been authored by my colleague, Paolo Frediani, stand out. First is the role of governments – where these have led by promoting stewardship and good corporate governance, activists have followed. Second is the role of domestic players, who are growing in number and profile. Third is the success rate of activists, which at 40% across the region is significantly lower than the 56% observed in the U.S. A continued increase in activism across the region is likely dependent on these three themes continuing to converge with western markets.

Josh Black, editor-in-chief at Activist Insight

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