January 14, 2014

Virtual Annual Meetings: Moving the Needle Some

Recently, I was surprised to learn from Broadridge that 99 companies held “virtual-only” annual meetings last year (and there might even be a few more that didn’t use Broadridge’s platform). Since only a dozen or so companies conducted virtual shareholder meetings the year before that, it looks like 2013 was the one where this concept gained some traction. Are virtual-only meetings a good idea? Here’s my last blog on that debate. Let me know what you think.

In our “Virtual Shareholder Meetings” Practice Area, we have a slew of resources including a set of FAQs that lays out the pros & cons nicely – and this transcript from one of my webcasts is a few years old but still useful.

Jim McRitchie has blogged about shareholder proposals being filed at several companies over virtual annual meetings…

Webcast: “Executive Compensation Litigation: Section 162(m) Disclosures”

Tune in tomorrow for the webcast – “Executive Compensation Litigation: Section 162(m) Disclosures”” – to hear McDermott Will’s Andrew Liazos, Shearman & Sterling’s Doreen Lillenfeld and Winston & Strawn’s Mike Melbinger as they drill down on how Section 162(m)-related lawsuits are faring and what you can do to avoid them.

More on our “Proxy Season Blog”

We continue to post new items regularly on our “Proxy Season Blog” for members. Members can sign up to get that blog pushed out to them via email whenever there is a new entry by simply inputting their email address on the left side of that blog. Here are some of the latest entries:

– CalPERS Adopts ‘Investment Beliefs’ to Guide Portfolio Management
– Survey: Environmental & Social Shareholder Proposals
– Shareholder Proposals: Corp Fin Allows Exclusion for Student Loan Repayment
– Engagement in the 2013 U.S. Proxy Season
– 5th Company Obtains Majority Vote for Proxy Access in ’13

– Broc Romanek