Proxy Advisory Firms Release First Reports on Latest Best Practices

For the first time, six of the world’s most influential shareholder voting research and analysis firms (better known as “proxy advisors”), which help institutional investors vote shares at stock-exchange-listed companies worldwide, have each publicly released reports showing how they comply with the latest industry Best Practice Principles. Proxy advisors have been a target of corporate…

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…

Four Spots Biden Is Likely to Reverse SEC Deregulation

In a Biden administration, a reconstituted SEC led by a Democratic chair and consisting of a Democratic majority will most likely launch an active rulemaking agenda, roll back Trump-era regulations, and step up its enforcement and inspections programs. Here are the four places to look first as the SEC retires the Commission’s current deregulatory approach….

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…

VEA Vice Chair Quoted: Divided SEC Passes Controversial Proxy Advisor Rule

Nell Minow, Vice Chair of ValueEdge Advisors and a co-founder and former president of Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS), takes a different view on the proxy advisor rules. She told me that the rulemaking procedure is deficient in several different ways, and could be subject to court challenge. Initially, the Commission acted without proper regard…

SEC Commissioner Allison Lee on Her Vote Against the Proxy Advisor Rule

Paying More For Less: Higher Costs for Shareholders, Less Accountability for Management Commissioner Allison Lee photo Commissioner Allison Herren Lee July 22, 2020 At the proposing stage for these rules, I observed that they would harm the governance process and suppress the free and full exercise of shareholder voting rights. Unfortunately, that is still the…

SEC approves new rules for proxy advisers | Financial Times

With a party-line vote, the three Republican SEC Commissioners today approved a slightly less atrocious version of their proxy advisory firm rule. We will be posting more information and further reactions later. The US Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday approved new restrictions on proxy advisers but dropped a measure that would have required the…

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…