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Krishna Veeraraghavan Notes Factors Driving Recent Shareholder Activism in Reuters

March 31, 2023

Corporate partner Krishna Veeraraghavan was quoted in a Reuters article, “Global dealmaking sinks to lowest level in over a decade,” published on March 31, describing factors behind the current slowdown.

But dealmakers see pockets of activity, and depressed market valuations also present opportunities for prominent activist investors to launch proxy battles, the article notes.

Krishna highlights why market participants expect more shareholder activism in the coming months—which could put pressure on companies to do deals. "There are a lot of companies which have components that activists like in terms of non-core assets that can be sold or spun off, or the accumulation of cash that could be deployed in a better way, including through stock buybacks,” Krishna says. So “all that is leading to more activism.”

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