Deutsche Boerse to buy 80% of ISS for $1.8 billion | Reuters

The German stock exchange operator Deutsche Boerse DB1Gn.DE said on Tuesday it would acquire an 80% stake in Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) for about $1.8 billion, the latest in a flurry of deals to sweep across the exchange industry. Deutsche Boerse to buy 80% of ISS for $1.8 billion | Reuters

The Chamber’s Appalling Amicus Brief on Proxy Advisors

The Chamber of Commerce, which has already deployed millions of dollars to get the SEC to restrict the sole source of independent research on proxy issues, has now filed an amicus brief in the ISS challenge to the rules. As expected, it is wrong on the facts and wrong on the law. It is particularly…

ISS’s Lorraine Kelly Responds to SEC Rule on Proxy Advisors

Lorraine Kelly, head of governance business at ISS, writes in Barron’s about the SEC’s proxy advisory rule. An excerpt: Since last year, the Securities and Exchange Commission has been swept up in a well-funded corporate lobbying campaign pressing for enactment of onerous regulations that will make it more difficult for shareholders to voice disagreement with…

Proxy adviser ISS recommends vote ‘against’ executive pay at Alphabet – Reuters

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) has recommended shareholders of Google-parent Alphabet Inc to vote “against” the company’s proposed executive pay at its annual meet in June, according to a report seen by Reuters on Thursday. “The compensation committee has demonstrated poor stewardship of pay programs as evidenced by recurring concerns of outsized awards that are not…

ISS: 2020 Climate Policy Proxy Voting Guidelines

ISS has released its new climate policy recommendations for voting proxies. The full text is below. An excerpt: Sustainability Reporting The concept of sustainability is commonly understood as meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Indeed, the term sustainability is complex and poses…

ISS Comment on SEC Draft on Proxy Advisors

The ISS comment on the SEC’s proposed rule on proxy advisors is excellent. Full version at the link below. An excerpt: ISS submits that there is no legal basis for any aspect of the proposal and that Congress never authorized the SEC to regulate either proxy advisers or proxy advice under the Exchange Act proxy…

ISS study links ESG performance to profitability

A link exists between a company’s ESG performance and its financial performance, according to a study published Thursday from ISS ESG, the responsible investment arm of Institutional Shareholder Services. Firms with high or favorable ISS ESG corporate ratings tend to be more profitable through an economic value-added lens, the study found. “While one can argue…

ISS Files Suit Against the SEC Re New Proxy Rules

The SEC is expected to reveal new proposed proxy rules next Tuesday, but ISS did not wait for their formal announcement. They have filed a lawsuit against the SEC. ISS claims that the upcoming rulemaking is invalid. An excerpt from the complaint: First, the Release exceeds the SEC’s statutory authority under Section 14(a) of the…

Do Corporate Governance Ratings change Investor Expectations? Evidence from Announcements by Institutional Shareholder Services | Review of Finance | Oxford Academic

Paul M Guest and Marco Nerino assess the impact of governance ratings. We continue to be very skeptical of any study focusing on the immediate impact of any particular information as being especially significant, but we believe this analysis is worth reviewing. This paper examines empirically the announcement effect of commercial corporate governance ratings on…