Define: Activist Shareholders

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Definition: Activist Shareholders


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An activist investor is an individual or group that purchases large numbers of a public company’s shares and/or tries to obtain seats on the company’s board with the goal of effecting a major change within the company.



What is the dictionary definition of Activist Shareholders?

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Activist Shareholders are investors who acquire an equity stake in a publicly traded company (PLC) as a means to attempt to influence company practice or policies.

Shareholders may be ethically motivated, perhaps desiring improvements in the environment or social impacts of said business, or they may be more fiscally motivated – and interested mainly in influencing the businesses strategy or management for profit related aims.


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Activist Shareholders FAQ's


What do activist investors do?

An activist investor is an individual or group that purchases large numbers of a public company’s shares and/or tries to obtain seats on the company’s board with the goal of effecting a major change within the company.

What is shareholder activism in corporate governance?

A shareholder activist is a person who attempts to use his or her rights as a shareholder of a publicly-traded corporation to bring about change within or for the corporation. This class of activist investors often attempt to gain control of a company and replace management or force a major corporate change.

What is an activist hedge fund?

An activist investor is an individual or group that purchases large numbers of a public company’s shares and/or tries to obtain seats on the company’s board with the goal of effecting a major change within the company.

What is activist stock screening?

Activist stock screening is essentially the same as stock screening; with the exception that investors are screening for values or ethics they believe in; such as political or religious values in a company.