Williams Act White Paper
CIRCA recently released an updated white paper titled “The Williams Act: A Truly ‘Modern’ Assessment” that explores the historical perspective of the Williams Act, the evolution of corporate governance and how Congress and the Securities and Exchange Commission should cautiously approach new interest in implementing piecemeal reform to existing statute.
Many public companies are lacking in their corporate governance regimen or otherwise fail to take full advantage of their value creation opportunities. In those cases, the impact ranges from missed opportunities to misspent millions and billions of dollars. These mistakes result in a company underperforming, failing to stay competitive and dynamic, and missing growth opportunities. In turn, shareholders don’t get the return on their investment that they deserve, and overall economic growth lags behind its potential.
Enter the activist investor, seeking opportunities to make significant minority investments in public companies which have, but are not taking advantage of, meaningful value creation opportunities.
The following case studies demonstrate the positive impact of activist involvement in public companies, and highlight the ways in which involvement advances a stronger performing company and creates shareholder value, which, in turn, benefits the entire U.S. economy.