The growth of activist investing in europe

Activist Investing in Europe 2015
May 19 - The Waldorf Hilton - London


Shareholder activist campaigns continue to increase in the U.S. markets, and not a week goes by without seeing a new campaign waged against a prominent corporation. As hedge fund activists continue to explore new jurisdictions and show strong interest in targeting European corporations, it is out of necessity that the management, boards and advisors of public companies have had to gain an understanding of the objectives, strategies and approaches of activist investors.

In recent years, sluggish growth in the European markets has offered opportunities for activist investors to target a number of underperforming companies. In 2014, Vivendi, Nexans, SkyDeutschland, Interpump Group, and Indensit are just some of the companies who found themselves on the defense against activist campaigns.

Activist Investing in Europe explored what may attract an activist to target a company, and what to expect if one becomes the object of an activist campaign.

Understanding the Strategies Behind Activist Campaigns

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2014 Event

ArrowCon Events hosted The Growth of Activist Investing in Europe on June 2, 2014 in London.

Click here  to see information about the first ever Activist Investing Conference in Europe.  

the venue

The Waldorf Hilton - London
Aldwych, London WC2B 4DD
United Kingdom
TEL: 44-207-836-2400

A symbol of English heritage, the Waldorf Hilton London is steeped in Edwardian tradition, and offers a central location with proximity to the attractions and delights of London. Guests will appreciate that this iconic hotel is superbly located and offers easy access to London’s financial and commercial districts.

Located in the vibrant West End district, there are plenty of attractions around this London hotel, including Theatreland, Covent Garden, Soho, Leicester Square, and Trafalgar Square. Visit Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, or one of the many museums and galleries this capital city has to offer.

investor relations sponsors

supporting organizations

premier sponsor

featured speakers included

Doug Snyder

Managing Director

Starboard Value

Paul Kessler

Principal & Founder

Bristol Capital Advisors

David Trenchard

Vice Chairman

Knight Vinke

Ele Klein


Schulte Roth & Zabel

Chris Young

Managing Director

Credit Suisse

Brian Rivel


Rivel Research Group

Steve Loukas


FrontFour Capital

Julien Balkany

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Nanes Balkany Partners

Cas Sydorowitz

CEO, Corporate Advisory


Scott Hopkins



David Shriver

Managing Partner

Tulchan Communications

Sharon Stern


Joele Frank

conference sponsors

proxy firm sponsor

about arrowcon events

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conference topics


  • Exploring the Strategies, Preparation and Tactics Activist Investors Use to Organize a Campaign

  • A Road Map for Implementing Strategic Shareholder Management

  • Settle or Fight: What is Causing More Companies to Settle with the Activist Investor?

  • How do Activists Determine if a Company is an Attractive Target?

  • Examining Strategies that have Resulted in Successful Corporate Defenses

  • Tales from the Boardroom:  What Happens After an Activist Joins the Board?

  • Legal and Regulatory Issues: Dealing with Multiple Jurisdictions, Operating Environments and Shareholder Structures in Europe

  • How are U.S. Activists having to Adjust to Operate in the European Market?

  • Executive Compensation: Attracting Quality Talent vs. Investor Concerns

  • Shareholder Activism in the Energy Sector:  Exploring the Impact of Lower Commodity Prices

  • Do's and Don’ts for Companies Facing an Activist Campaign

who attended


  • CEOs, CFOs & Chairmen
  • Non-Executive Board Members
  • General Counsel
  • Corporate Brokers
  • Investor Relations Professionals
  • Corporate Advisory Firms
  • Proxy Solicitors and Advisors
  • Corporate Governance Specialists
  • Investment Bankers
  • Institutional Investors
  • Corporate Law Firms