InvestorCom, Inc., a New York-based consulting firm specializing in shareholder identification, proxy solicitation and corporate governance consulting has launched a new monitoring tool to track the ownership trends of activist shareholders and hedge funds. The new service is being deployed in response to the growing role that these investors play in the M&A and annual meeting arenas today and will be implemented as either a standalone product or an add-on offering to InvestorCom's current suite of services.
The firm's traditional surveillance product provides its clients with current information on the buying and selling trends of more conventional investment advisors with the aim of enhancing their investor outreach programs. This new offering, in contrast, is intended as a defensive tool to alert companies of emerging threats from activist investors to help in providing protective posturing necessary for dealing with these situations.
"The stock surveillance industry dates back to the early 1980s during the corporate raider era when companies needed increased transparency of their shareholder base," said John Grau, President of InvestorCom, Inc. "In a lot of ways, this new deliverable is very similar to the 'Shark Watch' programs of that time." In commenting on the current environment, he went on to say that, "This past proxy season was among the most lively in many years by hedge funds and activist shareholders exceptionally involved on the governance front. InvestorCom was involved in a number of situations ranging from Board withhold votes to outright contests."
InvestorCom, Inc. is a boutique firm that provides publicly traded companies with multiple offerings that include capital markets intelligence, investor targeting, investor relations support, proxy solicitation and corporate governance consulting. InvestorCom's unique ability to understand ownership trends enables its clients to develop an effective message and strategy thereby increasing market awareness and maximizing management's ability to respond to stockholders. Further information on InvestorCom can be found at www.investor-com.com or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.