Activist Investor Backs ETFS Capital Push For WisdomTree Board Seat

The Group Agreement firms collectively own 13.6% of WisdomTree's voting shares.

Reviewed by: Jamie Gordon
Edited by: Jamie Gordon

[Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on ETF Stream, a sister site of Both sites are portfolio companies of ETFS Capital.]


London – ETF Stream’s parent company, ETFS Capital, has had its push to take a seat on the board of WisdomTree backed by activist investor Lion Point Capital.

In a previous 13D regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) made in January, ETFS Capital chairman Graham Tuckwell described what he saw as the underperformance of WisdomTree under the oversight of CEO Jonathan Steinberg and other members of the board.

The filing added WisdomTree had “been unwilling to date to work constructively” toward giving him a seat on the board since discussions began.

On March 8, however, a subsequent 13D filing disclosed fellow WisdomTree investor Lion Point Capital looked to support ETFS Capital’s efforts to take a seat on the issuer’s board.

The filing revealed ETFS Capital and Lion Point Capital had entered into a Group Agreement to “seek changes to the composition of the board and management” of WisdomTree, with the intention to “work constructively with the issuer to arrive at a solution that puts the issuer in the best position to unlock value for the benefit of all stockholders”.

ETFS Capital is WisdomTree’s largest shareholder with a 10.5% stake or 15,250,000 of the issuer’s voting shares and a further 14,250,000 of preferred stock, according to the filing.

This interest commenced when ETFS Capital – then known as ETF Securities – acquired a stake in WisdomTree via the sale of its European and North American asset management businesses in 2018.

Tuckwell was not allowed to seek management changes for three years as part of the deal.

Jamie started at ETF Stream as a reporter in January 2021. Previously, he was a senior journalist at the UK Investor Magazine, Investment Observer, UK Startup Magazine and UK Property Journal. He holds an undergraduate degree in politics and international relations, and a postgraduate degree in ethics.