SquareWell Partners Officially Launches TodayAssisting Companies to Navigate the Evolving Demands of Investors. 25 September 2018
SquareWell’s unique approach, supported by its proprietary technology, was developed out of the founding partners’ recognition of the need to optimize company-investor engagement practices and support proactive management of environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks for maximum impact.
Over the last 15 years, the prominence of ESG issues has risen dramatically in the capital markets and knowing what investors prioritize and how best to communicate with them remains a challenge for companies. Furthermore, activism is no longer just an investment strategy but has become a mainstream behavior.
SquareWell acknowledges this changing dynamic and facilitates progress by providing companies with year-round strategic advice regarding their investors. With SquareWell’s support, companies are better able to anticipate and identify risks and opportunities associated with long-term strategic issues, ranging from capital allocation to supply chain oversight.
Activist investors are expected to launch more and bolder campaigns for change among European companies in the year ahead, advisers told Reuters, after a record number in 2023.
AQTION, a subsidiary of SquareWell Partners, published its inaugural study – ‘Stewardship in AQTION’ – which details how the world’s largest 65 asset managers and owners steward their portfolio companies and how they incorporate extra-financial considerations into their investment decision-making processes.
Carl Icahn is preparing for a second board battle at gene-sequencing company Illumina after shareholders elected his candidate, Andrew Teno, to the company’s board and ousted the chairman, John Thompson, in May. Icahn then successfully pushed out former CEO Frances DeSouza in June.