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Why Now?
This session will focus on what is happening today with our current proxy processes and what will change if "ZYX" happens. It seems counter-productive to continue to improve the disclosure and governance aspects of the capital markets only to have these improvements potentially lost through an inadequate proxy voting process. There have been several proposals that consider regulatory initiatives under a fair disclosure regime to require changes to how proxy advisory firms render their voting recommendations and disclosure of those recommendations to corporate issuers prior to issuance to investor clients. Knowing what changes may occur over the next year or two on proxy plumbing and specifically proxy advisory firms is critical for investor relations professionals and what IROs need to do to be prepared.
Actionable Takeaway Documents
  • How to work more effectively with a proxy advisory firms
  • What can IROs do now to prepare for proxy changes
  • Reading list of current proxy plumbing and proxy advisory firm proposals

Session Material
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Breaking Through the Proxy Maze: Winning Shareholder Votes*
Tue - Jun, 5 | 1:45 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: 611-614 (Convention Center Level 6)
Category: Regulations and Governance | Secondary Category: Capital Markets

With the fate of mandatory proxy access behind us, the latest question is "what is the timing for the SEC's proxy plumbing project and what will the changes mean for investor relations professionals?" How will changes affect the proxy voting process? Based on recent research, it is likely the first rulemakings emanating from the proxy plumbing project will likely come in waves, with greater regulation of proxy advisory firms being first on the list. This session will look at the possible SEC proposals dealing with proxy plumbing and specifically proxy advisor regulation as well as the potential ramifications for boards of directors, management teams and investor relations professionals. We know these changes are coming – how can we best prepare for the changes.

Moderator/Lead Speaker:
Karen Fisher, Managing Director
The Shareholder Forum

Panelist(s)/Co-Speaker(s):
Brian Breheny, Partner
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Robert McCormick, Chief Policy Officer
Glass-Lewis

Judy McLevey, Vice President, Corporate Actions & Market Watch
NYSE Euronext
    Learning Objectives:
  • Attendees will learn what the SEC may be proposing to change relative to the relationship between proxy advisors and their investor clients
  • Attendees will learn how various proxy advisory firms determine their voting recommendations and what is required to be disclosed
  • Attendees will learn what to do if proxy advisory firms issue voting recommendations which may be misleading or inaccurate
 
 
* Draft description as of 6/28 3:51 pm, subject to change
 

Contact Tammy Dang (tdang@niri.org) with session inquiries.