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Best Practices: Retail Investor Voter Engagement

As the number of retail investors is growing at record-breaking levels, growing numbers of issuers are needing retail shareholder votes to secure positive proxy outcomes. Historically, retail shareholders have not been active drivers behind the vote but as the percentage of shares they own grows, it could make the difference in management winning support for …

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Incentive Plan Outliers: Winning shareholder approval for Equity Incentive Plans without ISS or Glass Lewis support

Equity Incentive plan proposals are the most common proxy proposal that all US companies will have to encounter at some point besides the legally required directors, auditors, and say on pay proposals. An against recommendation from ISS or Glass Lewis on this proposal can be concerning especially at the beginning of the voting process if …

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The INDEX Act

What has not received much coverage, however, is a bill that has been proposed by republican Senator Dan Sullivan, along with cosponsors Pat Toomey, Mike Crapo, Chuck Grassley and others. The bill, S. 4241, known as the “INvestor Democracy is EXpected Act” or INDEX Act, has largely flown under the radar so far, but it …

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ISS Proposed Policy Updates for 2023: Diversity, Governance and Accountability

On Nov. 4, 2022, ISS released its proposed benchmark policy changes for 2023. ISS is inviting comments through Wednesday, Nov. 16. Below is a summary of the updates planned for the U.S. market. Board Gender Diversity As announced last year, in 2023. 1 ISS will be extending its board gender diversity policy to all U.S. …

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Canada – 2022 Postseason Review

Alliance Advisors Canada provides strategic shareholder advisory services to corporate clients across North American and Global Capital Markets. Alliance’s highly experienced traditional Governance and ESG analytics professionals provide the guidance and expertise needed to enhance the shareholder engagement process while maximizing policy support and underwriting successful annual meeting resolutions. Alliance supports all types of resolution …

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BlackRock 2022 Proxy Voting: Signaling a new approach to E&S issues?

BlackRock’s investment stewardship’s 2022 proxy voting record, which was detailed in its 2022 voting spotlight summary, demonstrates the “principled approach” the firm takes when analyzing proxy issues. Sandy Boss, Global Head of Investment Stewardship, wrote that “[c]reating long-term value for [BlackRock’s] clients … remained the driving focus of the BlackRock Investment Stewardship (BIS) team as …

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Webinar Replay: Hindsight is 2020: Review of the 2020 Proxy Season and a Look Towards the Future

Alliance’s Brian Valerio and Shirley Westcott join Rob Main (Managing Partner, Sustainable Governance Partners) and Trevor Pinkerton (Parner, Norton Rose Fulbright) in an invigorating discussion recapping the 2020 proxy season and looking ahead to off-season priorities and planning. Topics include: Review of 2020 proxy season shareholder proposals Recap of virtual meetings and their continued viability …

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