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Latest Insights

Corporate Share Repurchase Programs Draw Increasing Criticism

Since 2009, corporate share repurchase programs have been a ubiquitous feature of many public companies’ capital allocation strategies. Generally, these programs have been applauded by institutional shareholders, while raising little concern by other parties. That dynamic is now changing with share repurchase programs drawing sharp criticism from politicians, state and union pension funds, and others.

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Recently, politicians, the media, academics and governance experts have criticized company stock buyback programs as a mechanism for enriching shareholders and executives through short-term boosts in a company’s stock price, while harming employees and misallocating capital to the detriment of…

SEC Issues Guidance on Proxy Advisory Firms

On August 21, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued guidance covering the role that proxy advisory firms play in the proxy voting process and the use of proxy advisory firms by investment advisers.

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Despite reports to the contrary, the guidance (which does not carry the weight of law) does not represent meaningful federal oversight of proxy advisory firms. In fact, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis already largely comply with the guidance.…

Board Compensation, Diversity Under Scrutiny

As seen in the 3rd Quarter 2019 issue of Bank Director

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Similar to trends in other industries, banks have been simplifying their director pay programs. Slightly more than half of publicly traded banks with $1 billion to $10 billion in assets increased cash retainers instead of offering board meeting fees. Board…

Managing Executive Incentive Programs for Chemical Companies

Designing and managing effective compensation programs is challenging for chemical industry companies due to the highly cyclical and global nature of the business.

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This article offers some useful context and information for compensation committees and management teams of chemical companies to consider when designing and managing their executive pay programs. In particular, we cover key attributes of the industry and their impact on…

Institutional Shareholder Services Releases its 2019 Policy Survey Questionnaire

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) recently issued its 2019 policy survey questionnaire, which generally previews potential changes in ISS’s proxy voting policies.

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Through its annual policy survey, ISS seeks feedback from institutional investors, public companies, corporate directors and the consulting and legal communities on emerging trends in corporate governance, executive compensation and other matters as part of its policy formulation process. The…