2016 Year-End Special Supplement
More News from the 2017 Meeting Front: The Best & WorstBofA’S DONATIONS TO SPECIAL OLYMPICS PRODUCED BIG NEW-VOTER TURNOUT: In our last issue we singled out Bank of America’s proxy package for special mention as “required viewing.” With most of the ‘big season’ now behind us, it remains the best and most effective set of proxy documents to cross our desk this year.
Annual Meeting Planning - 2018Two other sets of developments this season also give us reason to think hard as we plan for 2018:
An 8-Million-Vote Margin on 2.75 Billion Votes Cast"How Could the Inspectors Possibly Confirm That The Numbers Were Right?
Financial Choice Act Passes the House, With Major Changes in Proxy Proposal Rules:ISSUERS; BEWARE OF GETTING WHAT YOU WISH FOR, WE WARN…
“MINI-TENDER” OFFERORS ARE BACK AGAIN“HEED THE JUDGE” IN A LANDMARK CASE, BEFORE TURNING OVER YOUR SHAREHOLDER RECORDS TO UNKNOWN AND POSSIBLY UNSCRUPULOUS “SERVICE PROVIDERS.”
“Diversity" and the Prevelence of "Old White Men" at Shareholder MeetingsIn our last issue we predicted that “diversity” would be a hot topic during the 2017 Meeting Season, and we are indeed happy to see a much overdue and much increasing focus here.
The 2017 "Ficklefinger Award"And the winner is.......
On a Happier Note Re: 2017 Annual MeetingsSome of the best materials that have crossed our desk so far
Hot Issues for Proxy Tabulation and Vote ReportingDid you know that there are at least eight kinds of proxy tabulators out there these days?
Checklist of "BEST PRACTICES" in Evaluating and Selecting a TRANSFER AGENTWe first published this article in 2003 and, believe it or not, it didn’t need much updating until recently, other than to note that there has been a very good market for buyers of TA services and a very difficult one for sellers throughout this long period of industry contraction.
Stock Transfer Agents - Coping With a Shrinking Universe of ProvidersTransfer agents take a lot of heat – from shareholders – and sometimes from their clients too, although, after all, that’s what you really pay them to do. But if you stop to think about it, you’ll realize that they probably wield more tools on your behalf than any other supplier you have.
The Original “Shareholder Activists” and the Founders of the Modern Corporate Governance MovementLEWIS GILBERT (1907-1993) JOHN GILBERT (1914-2002)
“RFP-LITE”Goodbye and Good Riddance We Say, To Those 20+ Page RFPs with their 200-Page Responses
Our Newly Revised Primer on Tabulation and Reporting Shareholder Meeting VotesWe last issued our primer on tabulating and reporting on shareholder meeting votes in 2009 - and, since then, there have been so many changes in the landscape, we realized that an updated version was due…right about now…so here it is:
Re-Tooling your IR and Governance Tool-KitsHow we communicate with each other, investors, and consumers is rapidly changing
Now's the Time to Start on Your Annual Meeting Briefing Book, as Ethics and Compliance Issues Jump...Back when the Volkswagen scandals first began to break - which seems like ages ago now - we warned readers that ethics and compliance issues were certain to move to the top-of-mind where shareholders of every stripe are concerned.
Remember Our Prediction That Board “Diversity” Will Have a Big Breakaway Year in 2017?Just as we began this issue, we discovered, in a September 30 article on TheStreet.com by reporter Robert Orol that Diversity Measures on Corporate Boards had already had a “Breakout Year” – and that yes, 2017 will be a “Breakaway Year” for sure.
OUR TOP TIPS ON CHOOSING A PROXY SOLICITOR
Another Look at Transfer Agent Market Share; The Real Decider, We Say, of Transfer Agent Success…...Recently, a reader sent us a link to a web-posting from a firm called Auto Analytics, which has been tracking Transfer Agent market share since 2012, based on the number of companies that are active SEC registrants. This way of measuring market share produces very different results from our own method, which is based on the number of shareholder accounts maintained, which we have been tracking and reporting on for over 20 years now.
“STRANDED DRPS” ARE COSTING ISSUERS BIG BUCKS – LITERALLY “FOR NOTHING”
Interview with Ellen Philip, ELLEN PHILIP Associates
Improve Your Retail Vote
Interview with Bruce Goldfarb, President & CEO of Okapi Partners
Insights on some of the most important tools and...
Interview With Activist Investor Greg Taxin