Is your company prepared for the rise in American-style activism? Business leaders everywhere are working proactively to meet the challenges presented by changing corporate governance issues, including the increasing number of shareholder activists’ campaigns. U.S.-based funds are focusing more on European targets, while some are setting up specific funds for their European campaigns.

Join The Deal, the leading U.S. news source of mergers, acquisitions and all other changes in corporate control, for an exclusive conference which will examine the current state of activism in Europe, outline best practices and provide vital guidance surrounding the growing impact of American-style insurgents.

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American Activism: Is Your Company Prepared?
Top-level U.S. activists and other U.S.-based funds continue to launch campaigns at European targets, with a variety of strategies. Some U.S. funds are consulting with European funds to structure their campaigns, while some set up special funds for their European operations. This panel will examine why American activists are targeting ever-larger European companies, how they operate differently from EU insurgents, what companies can do proactively to protect themselves and what to do when an activist shareholder comes calling.

Panelist:  Ertan Enginalev, Founder & Managing Partner, WSD Capital Management

Is Your Board Ready for the Rise in ESG and Responsible Investing Strategies?
Historically at the board and management level, Environmental, Social & Governance oversight has been considered of secondary, or even tertiary, importance. But these proposals are taking on a greater urgency of late. Hot topics include board diversity and environmental impact reports. And some high-profile U.S. activists are setting up ESG funds as well, a move that indicates that this investment strategy may be a trend to stay. This panel will examine which ESG proposals are resonating with investors in Europe and the U.S.

Panelist: Véronique Bresson, Head of Corporate Governance, CIAM
Panelist: Patrick McHugh, Co-Founder and Senior Managing Director, Okapi Partners
Panelist: Debbie Ryan, Chief Executive, Impact Investment Network

An Emerging Trend: Activists Attempting to Block M&A Deals
In 2018 U.S. activists continued to target European companies involved in major deals, pushing them to cancel transactions they argue destroy shareholder value. Instead of buying a stake in the target and seeking to squeeze the buyer to pay more, activists are arguing that the buyer is overpaying and should cancel their acquisition. Will we see a spike in U.S. activists using this tactic in European and Cross-Border deals?

Panelist:  Arthur Crozier, Chairman, Innisfree M&A Incorporated
Panelist:  Bronagh Kennedy, Group General Counsel and Company Secretary, Severn Trent Water




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Registration and Networking Breakfast

Opening Remarks


Networking Break


Keynote Interview

Are Passive Investors Really All That Passive?
Faced with the threat of a shareholder activist attack, many companies find themselves prioritizing short-term quarterly earnings over long-term innovation and development. Traditional long-only and passive investors have historically had a different agenda than the activist funds, but are their interests and objectives really that different? Passive investor backing helped Elliott Management take control of Telecom Italia’s board last year, in a watershed victory. Index funds are likely to support activists again this year. Panelists will discuss how the world’s largest index funds are exerting their influence on boardroom battles and the overall corporate governance agenda.

Panelist: Richard Bernstein, Fund Manager, Crystal Amber Asset Management
Panelist: Bruce Duguid, Head of Stewardship, Hermes Investment Management
Panelist: Philip Vernardis, Assistant Vice President, Asset Stewardship, State Street Global Advisors

Networking Luncheon


Networking and Afternoon Tea

Closing Remarks

Closing Keynote Interview



The Corporate Governance conference attracts senior executives, board members and investors from a variety of sectors. Attendees walk away with smart strategies, actionable tactics and connections to the people shaping the future of shareholder engagement.


De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms
61-65 Great Queen Street, London



Véronique Bresson

Rob Bernstein
Crystal Amber Asset Management

Arthur Crozier
Innisfree M&A Incorporated

Bruce Duguid
Hermes Investment Management

Ertan Enginalev
WSD Capital Management

Patrick McHugh
Okapi Partners

Debbie Ryan
Impact Investment Network

Philip Vernardis
State Street Global Advisors

Bronagh Kennedy
Severn Trent Water