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In 2017 shareholder activism remained front-page news, with activist mainstays doubling down on their strategies and pursuing high-profile target companies. As in 2016, there were examples of shareholder activists suffering difficult investment returns, regulatory or legal challenges and trying proxy contest defeats. Despite these challenges, however, shareholder activism remained an undiminished force to be reckoned with, and shareholder engagement continued to be front of mind in the boardroom and the c-suite. It has become a ‘chronic’, as opposed to an ‘acute’, part of the landscape and boards regard it as such as they regularly review company strategies, risks and challenges.

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