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Timothy Smith

Déjà vu: Shareholder Rights Under Attack

The following on shareholder rights by Timothy Smith, Director of ESG Shareowner Engagement at Walden Asset Management, originally appeared in the Summer 2014 Edition of Walden’s Values Newsletter, which included the usual disclaimer at the bottom. I’ve added the links and have tacked on some additional reformatted comments from Timothy Smith regarding the role of individual investors in prompting reform.  […]

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Adam Kanzer

Corporate Tax Strategies Threaten Wealth Creation: Fiduciaries Must Consider the Impact on Society

Guest Post by Adam M. Kanzer, managing director and general counsel of Domini Social Investments LLC, New York. His responsibilities include directing Domini’s shareholder advocacy department, where for more than ten years he has led numerous dialogues with corporations on a wide range of social and environmental issues. The following originally appeared under the same title in the […]

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Andrew Clearfield

Why do Target Shareholders Buy into Mergers and Acquisitions?

Guest Post: Andrew Clearfield is an internationally-known investment manager, corporate governance expert, and independent corporate director. He founded Investment Initiatives LLC in 2005 to aid institutions engaging with portfolio companies, as well as coordinating their efforts with other concerned investors.  Looking at a range of research reports, it seems conservative to say that at least half […]

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Darius Peek

Report From ITC Meeting

Guest Post from Darius Peek, a junior at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, majoring in Finance who presented our proposal to allow shareowners to call special meetings. ITC Holdings (ITC), the nation’s largest independent electric transmission company, held its annual shareholders meeting yesterday at its headquarters in Novi, Michigan. ITC invests in the electric transmission […]

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‘We the People’ Already Have a Partial Road Map to Fight Citizens United: Stocks and Mutual Funds

Guest Post by Shari Dunn is an attorney and journalist who is also a “True Believer,” Bon Vivant, Raconteur, Creative, Dreamer and Muse.  Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For indeed, that’s all who ever have.  That’s one of Dunn’s favorite quotes from Margaret Mead. In this guest post (originally posted at […]

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Guest Post: Relieve the Pain of Voting Season

Mike Tyrrell is Editor of SRI-Connect – an online research marketplace for professional institutional investors, analysts & companies interested in sustainable development.  He is keen to open up the site to corporate governance analysts & corporate governance research. I’ve heard so many complaints over the years about the work overload that occurs in ‘voting season’ and […]

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Guest Post: Stay Informed with Jurify’s Free Corporate Governance Database

Guest Post by Nicole Jasso Lopez, corporate lawyer and President at Jurify.com, discussing how Jurify presents corporate governance resources and keeps you up-to-date on developments.  Jurify’s mission is to make sense of the law at a time when much information is free but navigating it is becoming increasingly difficult and time-consuming.  And corporate governance is […]

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Guest Post: Meet… James McRitchie, CorpGov.Net

Mike Tyrrell is Editor of SRI-Connect – an online research marketplace for professional institutional investors, analysts & companies interested in sustainable development.  He is keen to open up the site to corporate governance analysts & corporate governance research. Mike kindly gave permission to reproduce the interview on CorpGov.net.  (more…)

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SEBI's New Disclosure Guidelines for Mutual Funds

Guest post from Shriram Subramanian, founder of InGovern Research Services with the objective of facilitating shareholder activism by institutional investors and thereby enhancing corporate governance in India. Proxy Advisory Services, Corporate Governance Research, Risk Monitoring, and Proxy Services. India’s SEBI, through a circular dated March 24th, 2014, released a new set of disclosure guidelines to be followed by mutual funds. These […]

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Myshares App Aimed at Retail Shareholders

Guest Post: Miguel Carrasco – Managing Director and proxy solicitation consultant at Proxycensus Ltd specializing in issues relating to information transmittal, social media technology in IR and the technicalities of the cross border voting process. He is also a member of the ICGN, ECGI, CoF and the Investor Relations Society. (more…)

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CSP

CSP Inc. (CSPI): How I Voted – Proxy Score 100

The CSP (CSPI) annual shareowners meeting is coming up February 11, 2014, so there isn’t much time to vote. Since most readers are not familiar with this obscure company, I’ll start with a description from GMI Ratings: CSP Inc. (CSPI) along with its subsidiaries, develops and markets information technology (IT) integration solutions and high-performance cluster […]

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Technology at the Top, the Changes Made in the Boardroom

Guest post from Amanda Biggs, web manager and governance writer. By participating in the expansion of the Leading Boards portal for boards of directors, she has specialized on issues concerning the arrival of technology inside the boardroom. All through the last decade new technology solutions and tools have moved from being non-existent to becoming a […]

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Shareholder Primacy: Paradigm or GroupThink

Guest post from Peter Tunjic – Commercial lawyer, idea inventor, framework builder, business designer, board advisor and advocate and defender of free corporations. Peter writes at On Directorship and is “re-inventing the boardroom from capitalism’s forgotten first principles.” Thanks to Peter for permission to republish his following thought provoking post. Comments are always welcome but must come to me by […]

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David Ellerman discusses wall street capitalism and alternatives providing voice to employees

Is Wall Street Capitalism Really “The Model”?

Guest post from David P. Ellerman who works in the fields of economics and political economy, social theory and philosophy, mathematical logic, and quantum mechanics. His undergraduate degree was in philosophy at M.I.T. (’65), and he has Masters degrees in Philosophy of Science (’67) and in Economics (’68), and a doctorate in Mathematics (’71) all from Boston […]

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Corporate Governance: the Focus for a New Type of Activist Investor

Guest post from Josh Black, Financial Journalist for Activist Insight Ltd., which “aims to provide the most comprehensive global information source on activist investment.” Traditional activists were essentially value investors, but that profile might be changing. Carl Icahn has long championed the interests of shareholders. Yet even many who had watched him for years were surprised by […]

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Political Disclosure and Corporate America

Guest Post from Stephen M. Davis, Ph.D. is associate director of the Harvard Law School Programs on Corporate Governance and Institutional Investors, and a senior fellow at the Program on Corporate Governance. He is also a nonresident senior fellow in governance at the Brookings Institution. From 2007-2012 he was executive director of the Yale School of Management’s Millstein […]

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Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) Responds to My Voting Advice

Guest Post from Douglas K. Chia, Assistant General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Johnson & Johnson and formerly named a Rising Star of Corporate Governance by the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership. I wish a representative of every company would send such a thoughtful response to my voting advice. I’ve placed my response in italics. Here […]

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Beyond Growth: Do Corporations Have Any Responsibility to Ensure Growth Helps the Majority?

The following guest post is from Martin Hart-Landsberg, PhD who blogs at Reports from the Economic Front. I’m republishing his post (I added the subtitle to his Beyond Growth) because I believe those concerned with corporate governance need to look at corporations in context. Are corporations helping society or adding to its burdens? Cross-posted at Reports from […]

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Harvard's Shareholder Rights Project

Harvard’s Shareholder Rights Project

This guest post by Lucian Bebchuk originally appeared on the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation on April 9, 2013 as Wachtell Lipton Was Wrong About the Shareholder Rights Project and is reproduced here with Professor Bebchuk’s permission.  Martin Lipton quickly rebutted in a post entitled A Reply to Professor Bebchuk. The Shareholder Rights Project (SRP) is […]

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Corporate Governance and Currency Hedging

In the late spring of 2008, it became clear the United States economy was headed for a period of economic contraction.  It had been several years since the last recession, and it seemed right and prudent that the U.S. economy was correct.  We had enjoyed several years of aggressive growth and business expansion in the […]

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