Activism Defense

FTI Consulting Helps To Even the Odds

Once an activism campaign is in the public domain, a company’s near-term strategy, operations and communications come under significant scrutiny and pressure. FTI’s unique combination of proficiencies assist clients in the day-to-day complexities of defending against a high-stakes activist campaign. Our professionals provide management with superior information and insight, and ultimately give our clients the upper hand in campaign negotiations and resolutions.

Unmatched Activism Defense

By leveraging their distinct vantage points, the practice’s senior experts become an extension of management teams to support and creatively resolve activist issues at hand in order to enable management to focus on business operations and avoid common missteps during an activist engagement.


Analyze your business the same way activists will and prepare strategic defense plan alongside your “A” Team based on understanding their approach


Monitor movements within the shareholder base to gauge investor sentiment and forecast voting outcomes


Engage multiple contingencies (proxy advisors, institutional and retail investors, and the media) with targeted messaging

Comprehensive Suite of Activism Defense Services

No other firm can combine world-class analytical, operations, and communications skills the way FTI Consulting does for activism defense. We deploy integrated teams and strategies, working in conjunction with legal and advisors, that are key to increasing the likelihood of a successful outcome.

  • Operational & Industry Expertise
  • Corporate Governance & Investigative Excellence
  • Proxy Advisor Experience
  • Real-Time Shareholder Insights
  • Strategic Messaging and Communications

Hostile M&A

According to FactSet, Nearly 10% of M&A transactions so far in 2017 were hostile or unsolicited in nature. In a market where M&A has ballooned to over $3.9 trillion in deals, this represents a significant portion of deal count and even more so of deal value. As acquirers’ appetites and budgets continue to grow, large-cap companies are no longer protected by scale and small- to mid-cap companies remain attractive for growth. Learn More