On November 21, 2013, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”) released its final US policy updates for the 2014 proxy season (the “2014 Policies”), having received comments to its draft policies released on October...more
Although the 2012 and 2013 proxy seasons saw increased (and highly publicized) shareholder activism across a range of industries, that trend has not yet made its way to the U.S. banking industry. Over the last two proxy...more
On October 21, 2013, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), an influential proxy advisory firm, released three proposed updates to its Canadian proxy voting guidelines. The proposed updates relate to director overboarding,...more
On October 21, 2013, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”) published its key draft policy changes for the 2014 proxy season (the “Draft Policies”). There are only two proposed updates for the US, neither of which...more
The SEC and Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc. (ISS) have settled public administrative and cease-and-desist proceedings initiated against ISS by the SEC alleging that ISS violated Section 204A of the Advisers Act by...more
Pursuant to these definitive additional materials, ISS recently changed course and recommended a vote for HP’s say-on-pay this year. HP apparently obtained ISS’ change in recommendation by the addition of a total shareholder...more
Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) recently announced that, effective in late February or early March, it is replacing its Governance Risk Indicators (GRId) database with the new ISS Governance QuickScore (QuickScore),...more
Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a leading provider of corporate governance research and proxy voting services, has announced that it is replacing the Governance Risk Indicators (GRId) database, which was designed to...more
Say-on-pay has contributed to an environment where shareholder engagement is an increasingly critical component of corporate governance.
In this section, we take a broad look at the corporate governance landscape to...more
The following issues are among those addressed in ISS' non-compensation-related FAQs...
The upcoming 2013 proxy season will likely be impacted by new policies issued by proxy advisers, as well as shareholder activists taking advantage of previously adopted rules, rather than by recent legislative or rulemaking...more
The 2012 proxy season will likely be remembered as an evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, year at the corporate ballot box. Many of the trends seen in 2011—the first year of mandatory say-on-pay—continued in 2012, with...more
Both Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”) and Glass Lewis & Co. (“GL”) released updates in November 2012 to their proxy voting recommendation guidelines for the 2013 shareholder meeting season. Below is a summary...more
On November 16, 2012, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) finalized its 2013 U. S. Corporate Governance Policy. The changes in the policy are effective for shareholder meetings held on and after February 1, 2013. The...more
Institutional Shareholder Services ("ISS") recently released its 2013 policy updates for the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and other international markets. With respect to U.S. Corporate Governance Policies, significant...more