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Corporate Governance

Regulatory Spotlight on Independent Directors in India

Indian’s economic journey may best be described as “Capindialism,” in which profits are controlled not by institutional shareholders but mainly by the state and /or by entrepreneurs and their descendants. This, coupled with the country’s rapid economic growth, has created a plethora of unusual problems for regulators there.

Corporate Governance Roundup: EU Pay Caps, French CEO Pay Cuts, Class Action in Hong Kong

Proposed restrictions on executive pay in Europe, new shareowner litigation rules in Hong Kong, and previewing proxy access in the United States. Matt Orsagh, CIPM, CFA, discusses recent corporate governance developments around the globe.

U.K. “Say on Pay” May Become Binding. Will Europe Follow Suit with Harsher Pay Rule?

As proxy season in the U.K. progresses, investor displeasure with executive pay practices continues — a common sentiment on both sides of the Atlantic that is likely to be a feature of proxy season for years to come.

What’s the Shareowner Return on Political Spending? Not Good. In Fact, It’s Terrible.

A recent study reveals that political donations are not only associated with worse corporate governance but are negatively correlated with returns. The only real beneficiary: a CEO looking for a political favor down the road.

So You Want to Invest in Facebook, Do You? Good Luck with That

In the run-up to Facebook’s IPO, Matt Orsagh, CFA, examines some of the shareowner rights challenges Facebook investors would face.

Investor Ire over Executive Pay Rises

The say-on-pay vote has proven an elegant compromise addressing the issue of investor frustration over executive pay plans that don’t appear to hold executives accountable for long-term performance.

Chesapeake Energy: Investors Fume over Pattern of Poor Corporate Governance

From potential conflicts of interests to a secret hedge fund, more investor concerns are coming to light at Chesapeake Energy. Matt Orsagh, CFA, CIPM, examines this pattern of poor corporate governance practices.

Corporate Governance Update: Complaints Against Deutsche, Olympus; H-P Embraces Proxy Access

Updating the Olympus scandal and Canada’s national securities regulation issue, minority shareholder rights trouble in Brazil, and Hewlett-Packard’s planned vote on proxy access. It’s time to span the corporate governance globe to review important developments from the month of April.

Shareowners and Citigroup Differ on Cost of Retaining Vikram Pandit

Following shareholders’ rebuff Citigroup’s play plan, Matt Orsagh, CFA, looks at what the Wall Street bank could have done differently.

Corporate Governance Update: Goldman Gives in, Say-on-Pay Fever Spreads, and JOBS Act Leaves Investors Cold

From the JOBS Act and Goldman’s change in board structure to short-termism and “say-on-pay” developments, the U.K. and U.S. dominated corporate governance headlines in the month of March.

To Comply or Not to Comply? That Is the Question

The corporate governance debate is intensifying in the UK, with a regulator calling on companies to provide more clear explanations for why they choose to ignore corporate governance guidelines.

Corporate Governance Update: Apple and Olympus Make News

Updating the Olympus scandal, surprising news from Apple, and tough new regulations in Australia: A look at corporate governance news from around the globe.

Best in Class in Proxy Disclosure: Prudential Financial

With proxy season just around the corner, Matt Orsagh, CFA, CIPM, takes a look at what makes Prudential Financial's proxy statement a shining beacon of good corporate disclosure.

New York Stock Exchange Quietly Concedes More Power to Investors

A landmark event in U.S. corporate governance may have slipped under the radar earlier this year. Matt Orsagh takes a look at NYSE Rule 452.

Second Year of U.S. “Say on Pay”: Is It Working Better than Expected?

As the 2012 proxy season gets underway, we’re already seeing signs that some companies learned from their poor Say-on-Pay showings in 2011.

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