You think shareholder activism is traditionally a U.S. matter? Right, it started there in the 80s, peaked with 500-600 activist campaigns annually around 2006-2008 and still is very dominant in the U.S. with about 400 campaigns per year.
You think shareholder activism is nowadays still predominantly a U.S. matter? Wrong, more than half of all global campaigns take place outside of the U.S. these days.
More interesting, two hot spots are Germany and Japan. Both are markets where we have traditionally seen a focus on balancing interests of shareholders and other stakeholders, in particular employees.
But activist campaigns in both countries have risen sharply over the last 2-3 years. It is time to do some more deeper digging into why and how.
I did so in an opinion piece for the Nikkei Asian Review. Check it out if you are interested.