Boards must prepare for activist wars

Consultants believe activist hedge funds will soon set their sights on Asian and Australian firms, where corporate governance does not always reflect global best practice.

The boardrooms of corporate Australia have been relatively insulated from the growing trend towards shareholder activism in the United States and Europe, but that may be about to change.

For many years, activist funds have targeted US companies they see as underperforming their peers, accumulating small stakes either directly or via derivative positions, and then agitating for change.

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