Best Way to Break Into Shareholder Defense?
I am currently an Investment Banking Summer Analyst in the M&A group of a bulge bracket firm (think CS / BAML / Citi). One aspect of finance that I'd heard quite a bit and read about is shareholder defense - specifically, advising boards through hostile takeover attempts and in general providing advisory services to boards during times of shareholder unrest. I've talked to quite a few people asking for advice on how to get more involved in shareholder defense specifically - I know I am young in my finance career, but I'm extremely interested in the area.
Unfortunately, a lot of people have given me advice along the lines of "Well, you just end up working on cases of shareholder defense", but those seem relatively rare to bank on making a career out of it. Other people have suggested aiming to work at activist hedge funds and working back towards banking to develop a career in shareholder defense. I would love to hear what some of your guys' thoughts are.
Thank you so much, I appreciate it!