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Hedge Fund Activism Canadian Style


Brian R. Cheffins


University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

January 1, 2013

ECGI - Law Working Paper No. 202
University of Cambridge Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 3/2013

Abstract:     
The forthright brand of shareholder activism hedge funds deploy became during the 2000s a significant feature of Canadian corporate governance. This paper examines hedge fund activism “Canadian style.” The paper characterizes the interventions hedge funds specialize in as “offensive” shareholder activism and uses a heuristic device, “the market for corporate influence”, to identify the variables that dictate how frequent such activism is likely to be. This analytical structure is used to explain why hedge fund activism has become part of the Canadian corporate governance landscape and has displaced at least partly a Canadian shareholder “culture of passivity.”

Number of Pages in PDF File: 68

Keywords: Shareholder activism, hedge funds, Canada

JEL Classification: G34, G38, K22, N22

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Date posted: January 21, 2013 ; Last revised: March 27, 2013

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Cheffins, Brian R., Hedge Fund Activism Canadian Style (January 1, 2013). ECGI - Law Working Paper No. 202; University of Cambridge Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 3/2013. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2204294 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2204294

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