You and Me? We Want to Maximise Shareholder Value, Too

The past decade has seen an explosion in one particular type of investor: the activist shareholder. These are powerful hedge fund managers who make a lot of noise in corporate boardrooms. To some, they’re the squeaky wheels of Wall Street.¬†“They can threaten to take over the company,” said Adam Zurofsky, a corporate attorney who teaches at the Fordham University School of Law. “They can threaten to maybe throw out the directors and officers. Hostile takeovers. And because of that pressure, a lot of managers and directors feel they’re better off following the advice or interests of those investors.”¬†These investors, like any other, want to maximize returns. Sometimes they break up companies to do it.

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