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Shareholder Activism: U.S. and Italian Perspectives

March 20, 2018
Bocconi University
Aula Magna Gobbi
Via Gobbi, 5 – Milan (Italy)

3:00-6:00 pm

Jones Day and Morrow Sodali, in collaboration with Bocconi University's BAFFI CAREFIN Research Center, will present a roundtable discussion in English providing U.S. and Italian perspectives on shareholder activism.


  • The evolution of shareholder activism and research findings about activist funds' returns.
  • The activist investors' growing focus on corporate social responsibility and the debut in Italy of issuers' non-financial statements.
  • The amended Shareholder Rights Directive (EU) 2017/828: a likely boost for activism in Italy?
  • Italy's expanded “golden powers”: a preview of the proposed EU Regulation on the screening of foreign direct investments?
  • Beyond hedge funds: will Italy's new anti-raider rules serve as a statutory poison pill? Will they have an impact on investors' strategies?
  • Litigation: can it be an effective tool for activist investors?
  • What can an issuer do to adequately address the activists' new challenges?


  • Prof. Gianmario Verona (Rector, Bocconi University): opening remarks
  • Prof. Andrea Sironi (Chairman, Borsa Italiana)
  • Carmine Di Noia (Commissioner, CONSOB)
  • Prof. Marco Ventoruzzo (Professor of Business Law, Bocconi University)
  • Prof. Hannes Wagner (Associate Professor of Finance, Bocconi University)
  • Giuseppe Baldelli (Vice Chair M&A EMEA, Deutsche Bank)
  • Prof. Sabrina Bruno (Independent Director, SNAM S.p.A.)
  • Karina Litvack (Independent Director, ENI S.p.A.)
  • Massimo Massimilla (CEO, Algebris Italy)
  • Arturo Albano (Corporate Governance Specialist, Amber Capital)
  • John Wilcox (Chairman, Morrow Sodali)
  • Fabio Bianconi (Director, Morrow Sodali)
  • James Dougherty (M&A Chair - Americas, Jones Day)
  • Stefano Crosio (M&A partner - Milan, Jones Day)
  • Prof. Donato Masciandaro (Director, BAFFI CAREFIN Center): closing remarks


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