Activist Shareholder Response

Greenhill is regularly engaged to advise companies – their boards of directors and management teams – in response to an activist shareholder or other unsolicited shareholder or counterparty activity.  The Firm is renowned for maintaining a client base focused on corporations, boards of directors and senior management teams – and has not and will not represent activist hedge funds or shareholders. 

Greenhill is viewed as an advisor of choice in activist shareholder situations.  Unlike most other investment banking firms, Greenhill does not have conflicts – real or perceived – with activist shareholders.  Greenhill does not engage in business lines, such as prime brokerage, that cater to, and derive meaningful compensation from, hedge funds or activist shareholders. 

Our Managing Directors and professionals in North America, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Australia, Brazil and Japan have advised numerous leading companies as they have navigated complex and high-profile activist shareholder and defense situations. 

Below we highlight a few of the transactions on which we have advised in this area.  In addition to these disclosed situations, many of our most successful defense advisory engagements remain confidential and are never disclosed.

Most Recent Transactions

04-Sep-12
$600 million
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The Hartford’s Retirement Plans Group

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Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company

Advised The Hartford, a leading provider of insurance and wealth management services, on the divestiture of its Retirement Plans Group to Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, a leading mutual life insurance company

16-Dec-11
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ISTA Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Advised ISTA Pharmaceuticals, an ophthalmic pharmaceutical company, on its defense against an unsolicited offer from Valeant Pharmaceuticals and on its review of strategic alternatives

29-Aug-11
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CoreLogic

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Advised CoreLogic on a publicly-announced review of strategic alternatives

08-Aug-11
$11.0 billion
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Coal and Allied Industries Limited

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Rio Tinto Limited / Mitsubishi Corporation

Advised Coal and Allied Industries Limited, an Australian based coal mining company, in relation to an acquisition proposal from Rio Tinto Limited and Mitsubishi Corporation to acquire all the outstanding shares in the company not already held by Rio Tinto and Mitsubishi

09-May-11
$843 million
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The Forzani Group Ltd.

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Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited

Advised The Forzani Group Ltd., Canada's largest national retailer of brand-name and private-brand sporting goods, apparel and footwear, on its sale to Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited

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