May 21, 2019 London
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Fidelio Board Breakfast: “Engaging with Active Shareholders”, 21 May 2019

Fidelio held a Board Breakfast exploring how Boards can engage most effectively with active shareholders on Tuesday 21st May 2019, by personal invitation only.

As a Board Development and Search firm, Fidelio has a sharp focus on Board effectiveness and Board composition. So too do shareholders. Fidelio’s Board Breakfast with Harlan Zimmerman of Cevian Capital and Cas Sydorowitz of Georgeson on 21st May 2019 explored shareholder expectations for the Boards of the companies they invest in.

Public company Boards face heightened scrutiny, including from increasingly active shareholders. While Boards tend to be deeply mistrustful of activists, the term activist is a broad one encompassing a broad range of investment styles and tactics. Boards need to be alert to who is on their register and how to respond. More importantly Boards need to understand how active investors select the stocks they invest in.

To explore how Boards can engage most effectively with this increasingly important segment of the market, we were delighted to welcome Harlan Zimmerman, Senior Partner at Cevian Capital. Cevian is an active ownership investment firm with over €13 billion under management and is recognised as long-term, considered and constructive in its approach. We were also joined by Cas Sydorowitz, Global Head of Activism & M&A at Georgeson.

The Breakfast was a lively discussion with a leading investor of:

  1. shareholder expectations of Boards
  2. effective shareholder engagement at Board level

This Board Breakfast was held at Aquavit London, St James’s Market, 1 Carlton St, St. James’s, London SW1Y 4QQ. For more information, please do get in touch on +44 (0)207 759 2200 or

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