Drawbacks of Being a Lone Dissident on a Board of Directors, Starting an Activist Campaign and Targeting Retail Investors Are Themes at Activist Investor Conference

On January 27 and 28, 2011, DealFlow Media hosted The Activist Investor Conference 2011 in New York City.  Among the key topics discussed during the conference were: the key strategies and objectives of activist investors; how activists deal with being the lone dissident on a board of directors; whether and when to seek reimbursement for the costs of proxy contests; when to solicit retail investors for support in a proxy contest; how to contact objecting and non-objecting beneficial owners; and what budding activists should know about getting started.  This article offers a comprehensive summary of the key points raised and discussed at the conference, and relays insights from Frank LaGrange Johnson, Philip Goldstein and others.

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