NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Canada is thought of as one of the most activist friendly jurisdictions in the world, and for many years activist investors have been successful in unlocking value in undervalued and underperforming Canadian companies. Pershing Square’s success with CP Rail sent a clear message that no public company, regardless of size, structure or status can ignore activist investors. As the Activist Investing trend continues to grow around the globe, and the Canadian regulatory landscape continues to favor shareholder activists, it becomes more important than ever for company management to understand what may attract an activist to target their company, and what to expect if they become the object of a campaign. Activist Investing in Canada taking place October 16 in Toronto will educate Canadian company management on how to position themselves as this trend continues to grow.
“The market for shareholder activism in Canada continues to mature. Over the last 12 months, we have seen varied forms of activism in Canadian capital markets: advocating for change in corporate policies, applying pressure to drive improved company performance, forcing board changes or exerting influence on companies’ M&A governance practices. Activist investors continue to view Canada as one of the most shareholder friendly jurisdictions in the world and Canadian companies as prime targets for value creation. I don’t see this viewpoint changing anytime soon,” said Walied Soliman, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP partner and co-chair of the firm’s global special situations team.
Activist campaigns are no longer based solely on valuations. Hedge fund activists are doing an incredible amount of work behind the scenes to research companies, and are using a large degree of analysis to prepare for a campaign. The agenda features some of the most knowledgeable and well-respected participants in the market including Stephen Griggs from Smoothwater Capital; Glenn Welling from Engaged Capital; John Varghese from Revive Capital Investment Management and executives from Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Norton Rose Fulbright, D.F. King Canada, Houlihan Lokey, J.P. Morgan, Shorecrest Group, Institutional Shareholder Services, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, Innisfree M&A, Sidley Austin and the Ontario Securities Commission.
Featured sessions include:
- Fireside chat with Paul Hilal from Pershing Square Capital Management
- A case study of Ceres Global AG with James Vanasek from VN Capital Management
- Examine a unique investment discipline in the activist world with Larry Sarbit from Sarbit Advisory Services
Visit www.ActivistInvestingCanada.com for information.
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