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Double Proxy Fight Complicates Monmouth REIT Battle

Thomas Ball, senior vice president at proxy solicitation firm Alliance Advisors LLC, said a proxy contest with two dissident slates on a board with staggered elections could get messy. “It comes down to the four highest vote getters, whether it is Blackwells’ candidates, Land & Buildings’ nominees or the incumbent slate,” he said. “Investors could …

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The Proxy Voting Annual Review: The definitive review of investor voting trends of the 2022 proxy season.

This proxy season, investors stepped up their efforts to hold companies to account on managing climate-related risk, writes Emmanuelle Palikuca, managing director, head of sustainability advisory, Alliance Advisors. Corporate climate action is falling short of the requirements to limit global temperature increase to 1.5°C, making the threat of global warming an all-too real risk. In …

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Spotlight on ESG: Key developments from the 2022 US proxy season

During the 2021 US proxy season, shareholders sent a clear message that management of environmental and social risks should be a top priority for companies. The 2022 US proxy season underscored this further with the submission of a record 247 environmental and social proposals, an increase of 74 percent. As shareholders continued to evolve their …

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Activism & Voting: ESG updates

“This platform is coming at an opportune time given the rise in shareholder proposal submissions and proposals that are going to votes,” Brian Valerio, senior vice-president, advisory group at Alliance Advisors told me in an interview. “The retail investment community is notoriously underrepresented at shareholder meetings, but there is growing sentiment and evidence that retail …

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Proxy Monthly January: Dual Class Structures

“Dual-class share structures are particularly favored by founders seeking to maintain control while also having access to public markets,” Brian Valerio, senior vice president, advisory group at Alliance Advisors told Proxy Monthly in an interview. With this share structure, shortterm issues raised by shareholders pose “less significant concerns” for management while the dual-class structure also …

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The Trend: Shareholder support for directors is in decline

Reasons why the shareholder support for directors is in decline: “Institutional investors vote against directors more frequently and for more reasons than they would have in the past,” Brian Valerio, senior vice president at Alliance Advisors, said in an interview with Activist Insight Online. Overboarding and diversity are two key reasons for votes against directors, …

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