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Shareowners Gain Leverage Through Proxy Access at Nabors Industries, Chesapeake Energy

Last week two shareowner-sponsored proxy access proposals won majority support at U.S. companies — a momentous occasion for those in favor of shareowner access to the proxy. Matt Orsagh, CIPM, CFA, reviews the proxy access landscape in the U.S.

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.

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.

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.

Corporate Governance Update: BlackRock, Western Union, Olympus Kick off 2012 with a Bang

Matt Orsagh, CFA, CIPM, gives you a sneak peek at the corporate governance issues to watch in 2012.

Global Corporate Governance: What Happened in 2011 and What to Expect in 2012

We don’t wish to play favorites here, so we won’t look at any single corporate governance development as more important than another. So let’s review alphabetically, by country:

Australia: In 2011, the “two-strikes rule” (Corporations Amendment Bill 2011)… READ MORE ›

Weigh in on Proxy Voting Policies — Time Is Running out

Anyone who pays attention to corporate proxy season each year — and maybe even reads a proxy statement or two — knows the role advisory firms play in influencing the final vote in many corporate proxies. These proxy advisory… READ MORE ›

Proxy Access Rejected — Killing It Softly

Though arguably the weightiest potential corporate governance change in decades, a U.S. appeals court’s Friday ruling  striking down the SEC’s proxy access rule seemed to get lost in the sweltering weekend heat wave… READ MORE ›

That “Dastardly” ISS

Even the Canadians now have joined in on the bashing of the world’s best known proxy consultant — ISS — in response to the proxy adviser panning a recent merger proposal of two gold companies… READ MORE ›

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