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Shareholder activism: be prepared

Levels of shareholder activism have grown significantly in recent years, with investors in public companies increasingly willing to seek to intervene directly in the management of companies in which they hold shares.

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It is getting easier for minority shareholders to force through board meetings (photo: NilsTycho)

A survey by Activist Insight in 2015 found that more than 300 companies worldwide were targeted by activists last year, up from fewer than 150 in 2010.