Shareholder Activism Defenses in a time of Economic Uncertainty

02 November, 2011 | (01 hr)

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Many boards are trying to resolve the tension among the competing objectives of: spending cash on capital expenditures and acquisitions to grow, returning cash to shareholders and maintaining a healthy balance sheet and liquidity outlook.

Shareholder activists have grown increasingly frustrated with the focus on balance sheet prudence and are pushing in a number of sectors for boards to accelerate growth through spending, to return greater amounts to shareholders and to fuel these activities through the use of debt.

This panel will examine the economic variables relating to these competing considerations, the appropriate way for directors and officers to approach this conundrum from a fiduciary duty perspective and how this approach may be supplemented when activists, with a special focus on acceleration of growth and returning cash to shareholders through extraordinary buybacks and dividends, enter the scene.


Kathy Bostjancic

Kathy Bostjancic
Director, U.S. Macro Investor Services
Oxford Economics

Kathy has extensive experience providing insightful global economic and financial market analysis and forecasts to institutional and retail investors and Fortune 500 business leaders and professionals. She has a deep understanding of U.S. monetary and fiscal policy and its impact on the economy a...Full Bio

Glenn Eisenberg

Glenn Eisenberg
Timken Co.
Alpha Natural Resources
Family Dollar Stores

Glenn A. Eisenberg, 49, is executive vice president, finance and administration of The Timken Company, a diversified industrial manufacturer of innovative materials, products and services providing friction management and power transmission solutions for any kind of mechanical application.

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Timothy Ingrassia

Timothy Ingrassia
Co-chairman of Global Mergers & Acquisitions
Goldman Sachs

Timothy Ingrassia is co-chairman of Global Mergers & Acquisitions in the Investment Banking Division (IBD). He serves on the IBD Client and Business Standards Committee.

Prior to assuming his current role in 2011, Tim served as head of Mergers & Acquisitions in the Americas. From ...Full Bio

Ethan Klingsberg

Ethan Klingsberg (Moderator)
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Ethan A. Klingsberg is a partner at Cleary Gottlieb based in the New York office. His practice comprises M&A, public company board of directors and corporate and SEC matters.

Mr. Klingsberg has been named a "BTI Client Service All-Star," based on BTI’s survey of general counsels...Full Bio

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