Hedge Fund Activists' Network and Information Flows

Posted: 21 Jan 2017 Last revised: 4 Dec 2018

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Pouyan Foroughi

York University - Schulich School of Business

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Date Written: November 1, 2018


This paper studies connections and information flows between activist hedge funds and other institutional investors and shows them as prominent factors in the success of activist campaigns. Using manager turnovers in connected mutual funds as exogenous shocks to activists' connectivity, I identify a positive causal effect of connections with other investors on the short-run and long-run performance of activists' campaigns and campaign characteristics. I also show that the two likely mechanisms through which activists benefit from their relationships with other institutions are information flows between institutional shareholders and well-connected activists before campaign announcements and higher support from other shareholders during the campaign. Overall, these results highlight that connections to other institutional investors benefit institutional asset managers.

Keywords: hedge fund activism; social network analysis; financial networks; manager turnovers.

JEL Classification: G11, G14, G32

Suggested Citation

Foroughi, Pouyan, Hedge Fund Activists' Network and Information Flows (November 1, 2018). 30th Australasian Finance and Banking Conference 2017, Finance Down Under 2018 Building on the Best from the Cellars of Finance Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2903038 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2903038

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