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Activism, Corporate Governance and Shareholder Engagement

Helping companies navigate the complicated landscape of proxy advisory firms and investor corporate governance teams when confronting ESG and activism issues.

SVC supports clients from around the world on a full range of “activism” challenges, including shareholder proposals, contests for board seats from activist funds and contested mergers. Together with our partner Strategic Governance Advisors, we field an extraordinary team in terms of experience, skills and relationships to help clients successfully engage with investors and proxy advisory firms when facing or preparing for an activist or shareholder issue. We focus on preventing wedge issues developing between our client and its shareholders, and assist clients in successfully overcoming challenges when they occur.

Engagements

Automatic Data Processing (ADP)

Successful proxy contest against Pershing Square Capital Management.

United Airlines

Settlement of a proxy contest waged by Altimeter Capital Management, L.P. and PAR Capital Management, Inc.

Biogen

Proxy contest against Carl Icahn.

Herbalife

Defense against short-seller campaign by Pershing Square Capital Management.