Investor activism was down overall in 2020, but big companies faced scrutiny


Daniel Loeb, chief executive officer of Third Point LLC, speaks at the Skybridge Alternatives conference in Las Vegas, May 18, 2017.

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In light of the global pandemic, it comes as no surprise that activism in 2020 was down.

There was less 13D activism, less UTT-activism and less capital invested in new campaigns. (“UTT” activism, or under-the-threshold activism, are activist campaigns by shareholders owning less than 5% of the common stock and not required to make a 13D filing.)

However, it is remarkable that the average market capitalization for total activism was at its highest in the past four years at $21.04 billion (compared to $9.87 billion in…


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