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In this salon led by seasoned board experts Aneliya Crawford & Carol Coughlin, we will review trends from the 2020-2021 proxy season and discuss lessons to prepare for the next season of shareholder activism. We will discuss preparedness, modeling the typical activist plays we are seeing based on a company’s unique vulnerabilities; then, we’ll walk through real-life examples and review a proposed response to each potential activist play. Finally, you will learn more about the growing trends in activism (including ESG financial activism) you need to know to be an effective board director.
Carol is an experienced public company board leader, board and audit committee chair, and is highly skilled in corporate governance, including board refreshment, strategic alternatives and M&A for growth and highly regulated companies. She is a Board Leadership Fellow (NACD) and sits on the boards of the University of MD Medical Center and Trusty Care. Following an IPO and after nomination to board chair, she led the board through acquisitions that doubled the size of the company, followed by a merger with a larger company. A qualified “financial expert”, she is an accomplished healthcare CFO with a track record of achieving profitability through growth, highly successful turnarounds and M&A. She is known as an energetic, collaborative leader and a quick learner in both organizational and board settings. In 2006, Carol launched BottomLine Growth Strategies, Inc., a growth advisory firm helping CEOs of privately held companies to transform enterprise value through best practice financial and operations strategies. Carol is a graduate of Loyola University in MD (MBA) and Towson University (BS Business), is a Board Leadership Fellow (NACD), and a Certified Public Accountant.
Ms. Aneliya Crawford is a Managing Director in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group of UBS Investment Bank and co-leads UBS's activist defense efforts globally. Prior to joining UBS Investment Bank, Aneliya was a Partner in the shareholder activism practice at Schulte Roth & Zabel. She is one of the leading attorneys representing activist investors globally with hundreds of major shareholder activism contests, including campaigns in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Latin America., Representative contests include Trian's successful campaign at Procter & Gamble, the largest proxy contest to date; Elliott Management at Marathon Petroleum; Voce Capital at Argo Group International, Acacia Research in connection with multiple acquisitions, Altai Capital at MobileIron, and UBS as advisor to Elliott Management with regard to a campaign at NXP. Aneliya
The Best Defense is a Good Offense: Shareholder Activism in 2021 and Beyond
Tue, Aug 31 @ 9:00am PT (1 hr)
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