Company – shareholder relations are intensifying at every turn, with new players, new alliances and new tactics emerging from many directions. Activists spent $62bn on campaigns in 2017, more than double the amount spent in 2016. The burden on board members has never been greater to understand the burgeoning investor landscape and the practices that prevent or minimize damage from activist approaches.
While the goal of all investors is to make money, there are wide variations in time horizons, levels of engagement, and expectations of the board and management teams. From combative and lawsuit-happy to data-driven and helpful behind the scenes, the volume and nature of players in the activism space has taken on a new complexity. Boards have the difficult task of understanding their shareholder base, what could disappoint its members, and how to navigate both regular communications and unsolicited criticism.
An exclusive round table dinner co-hosted by the Financial Times and Alix Partners will convene corporate board members from the UK’s largest public companies to tackle this complex topic of current investor relations. The evening will comprise of a networking cocktail hour and opening remarks from FT and Alix Partners hosts, which will be followed by a gently moderated discussion over dinner.
Directors will have the opportunity to share how their organisations are dealing with board level issues related to rapidly changing shareholder relationships and gain insights into how other boards are keeping up with the trends and overseeing strategy in alignment with the fast moving environment.
Financial Times and Alix Partners hosts will offer insights from their global work throughout the conversation, while respecting the completely confidential nature of the gathering.