Pros and cons of the activist challenge

Global activist activity has increased by three times in the past six years. Whether or not your business is in the crosshairs, assembling a team to take a hard look at your performance can deliver benefits.

Activist investors are growing in size and number and are targeting even the largest companies. No company is immune from their scrutiny: declining total returns to shareholders draws a target, even if returns are in line with sector average.

Join our webcast on Wednesday, December 12, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EDT/3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. BST, as McKinsey experts Joe Cyriac and Sandra Oberhollenzer will share insights on how one can reduce or even eliminate the disruptions that activist approaches can cause.

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About the presenters

Partner, New York

Joe Cyriac

Joe coleads the Corporate Finance & Strategy Practice and McKinsey's Activist Investor Defense Team. Joe has worked on a wide range of corporate-finance and investment-related issues as well as a variety of joint-venture, buy-side, and sell-side engagements across a number of industries including telecommunication, pharmaceuticals, financial services and private equity.

Joe received an MBA, with a concentration in finance, from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania and a BA in economics from Yale University.

Engagement manager, New York

Sandra Oberhollenzer

Sandra is a member of McKinsey’s Strategy & Corporate Finance Practice with a specific focus in merger management in tech and revenue synergies.

Sandra received an MBA, with a concentration in economics and management, from the Booth School of Business at University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from University of Queensland, Australia.