Activist investors gained 47 board seats worldwide in the first two months of 2019 as Asia is bright spot

Activist investors are behind 2018’s director haul after two months.

Activist investors gained 47 board seats worldwide in the first two months of 2019, down 27% on the 64 in the same period of 2018. The fall was slightly less severe in the U.S., where activists came away with 24% fewer seats, however, Asia was one bright spot with the number of seats gained rising from 7 to 11 over the period.

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Q4 hedge fund letters, conference, scoops etc

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Qualivian Investment PartnersQualivian Investment Partners commentary for the second quarter ended July 30, 2020. Q2 2020 hedge fund letters, conferences and more “Short-term investors will accept a 20% gain because they didn’t spend the time to develop the conviction and foresight to see the next 500%.” - Ian Cassell Executive Summary Readers of investment letters fall into Read More

The data, collected by Activist Insight Online from settlements, proxy contests, and regulatory filings, is the latest addition to Activist Insight’s monthly stats, which highlight the volume of activism for subscribers to Activist Insight Monthly magazine and members of the media.

Volumes of activism by the number of companies targeted is down on 2018, with 26% fewer companies publicly subjected to activist demands in the U.S. and 23% fewer worldwide.

number of companies targeted

Monthly Activism Stats

Monthly Activism Stats


For more detailed stats on any section of the page, including the number of companies targeted in specific market cap ranges, industries, or by activist type, please email [email protected]


All data exclude activist short positions.

All percentages are given to one decimal place, and may cause rounding errors.

YTD figures are as of the end of February of the given year, unless otherwise specified.

Market capitalization figures are as of February 28, 2019.

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