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ISS finalizes new U.S. shareholder voting policies

Joe Mont | November 8, 2016

Leading proxy advisor Institutional Shareholder Services has initiated its annual review of voting policies, a process that will seek out viewpoints from the global corporate governance community.

Each year, ISS solicits commentary and opinions from institutional investors, issuers, and other market constituents in response to a global policy survey. The results of that survey were released in September, followed by the release of recommended policy changes, and the opening of a comment period on Oct. 31.

Voting policy updates will be applied for shareholder meetings taking place on or after Feb 1, 2017. Comments are due by 6 p.m. EST on Nov. 10, and ISS will release final 2017 policies the week of Nov 14.

Unilateral board actions—multi-class capital structure at IPO

The solicitation for comments notes that U.S. policy does not explicitly address director accountability with respect to a company’s capital structure in place at the time... To get the full story, subscribe now.