Matt Orsagh, CFA, CIPM, is a director of capital markets policy at CFA Institute, where he focuses on corporate governance issues. He was named one of the 2008 “Rising Stars of Corporate Governance” by the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance at the Yale School of Management.
Financial Choice Act would require shareowners that want to file a resolution at a company’s annual meeting to hold 1% of a company’s shares for three years to do so. Categories: Standards, Ethics and Regulations
There is a growing interest in a venture exchange in the United States to list smaller and startup companies operating under relaxed listing and regulatory rules, and the time could be right.
Japan, Malaysia, and UK release updates to their corporate governance codes, and in the US, issues continue to swirl around Snap’s IPO and the Financial Choice Act.
Firms that moved to the Novo Mercado single-class structure experienced higher firm performance, but face continuing criticism that reforms did not eliminate the dominance of controlled companies.
Highlights in corporate governance in February include countries releasing new protocols, updating their governance codes, and encouraging governance changes to better protect investors.
Highlights in corporate governance from around the globe for January include steps toward coherent corporate reporting systems and the launch of a US stewardship and governance framework.
Highlights in corporate governance from around the globe for November include the adoption of a stewardship code in Brazil and Singapore and the use of proxy access for the first time.
The corporate governance highlights from October include a look at shareholder activism, a new report on corporate governance in the EU, and amendments to proxy rules in the US.
The corporate governance highlights from September include various regions either enhancing or introducing governance structures for an exchange, institutional investors, and companies in general.
The percentage of women on boards is increasing, with some countries implementing quotas and more reports coming out that highlight the positive impact gender diversity has on company performance.
August roundup highlights non-executive directors’ views on issues facing boards, countries that are reviewing their corporate governance codes, and ways investors can speak up on corpgov policies.
The UN Principles for Responsible Investment has released a new report that provides more guidance and case studies on how to integrate ESG factors into investment analysis and decisions.
The SEC has released a request for comment on Subpart 400 in Regulation S-K, which focuses on disclosures related to management, certain security holders, and corporate governance.
The finalized Commonsense Principles of Corporate Governance provide a good starting place for effective governance in US companies. They offer a major step forward in improving engagement between shareowners and the companies they invest in.
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