Contenu pour le mot clé: Agences de conseil en vote

5 avril 2018

« Executive pay: time for change ? »

« A highly standardized process leads to yearly executive pay packages which combine salary, bonuses, stock options, restricted stock grants, performance share units, retirement benefits. The full assemblage will also include formal contracts covering change-of-control situations, termination conditions, etc.  Only the quanta of the compensation package vary from firm to firm. Whenever “long-term” performance objectives […]

17 novembre 2017

« Pershing Square, Ackman and CP Rail: A Case of Successful «Activism» ? »

« Pershing Square, an activist hedge fund owned and managed by William Ackman, began hostile maneuvers against the board of CP Rail in September 2011 and ended its association with CP in August 2016, having netted a profit of $2.6 billion for his fund. This Canadian saga, in many ways, an archetype of what hedge fund […]

13 avril 2017

La rémunération des dirigeants: Comment en sommes-nous arrivés là?

Plusieurs évènements ont façonné le contexte actuel de la rémunération des dirigeants d’entreprises: Au Canada, depuis 1992, les rémunérations des 5 dirigeants les mieux payés sont divulguées, ce qui permet des comparaisons entre entreprises et au sein d’une même entreprise; Suite aux fiascos à la Enron et aux crises financières comme celle de 2008, un […]

18 novembre 2016

« Can America’s Companies Survive America’s Most Aggressive Investors? »

« WILMINGTON, Del.—Ron Ozer was thrilled to get a job with DuPont, the two-centuries-old chemical company, when he finished his Ph.D. from Cornell in 1990. It was the place to go for young, ambitious chemists; it offered salary and benefits so generous that some people called it “Uncle Dupey.” For 26 years, he invented things for […]

13 septembre 2016

« Making Say-on-Pay Vote Binding: A Good Idea? »

« The practice of a non-binding say-on-pay vote by shareholders spread quickly and broadly. It seemed that, finally, shareholders would be given the opportunity to express their dissatisfaction with outrageous or ill-conceived compensation packages. The practice, at first, was voluntary with companies agreeing to submit their compensation policies to a vote. Then, as the number […]

21 avril 2016

« Two flawed studies about controlled corporations by ISS and IRRCI »

« The performance of controlled companies has been a contentious issue. For different reasons, various parties have worked hard at convincing the investor class that capital structures other than one-share, one-vote would produce inferior results for shareholders. Consequently, most investment funds frown upon such structures, at best tolerate them, and, at worst, have adopted policies of non-investment in these […]

28 décembre 2015

« Who should pick corporate directors? »

« Yvan Allaire and François Dauphin cogently analyze the costs and risks of proxy access, arguing that « Anyone believing that this process is likely to produce stronger boards in the long run needs to consider anew the calculus of current and prospective board members, the actions, likely dysfunctional, of people facing the humiliation (and economic loss) […]

8 décembre 2015

« Is 2015, Like 1985, an Inflection Year? »

« In an October 2015 post, I posed the question: Will a New Paradigm for Corporate Governance Bring Peace to the Thirty Years’ War? As we approach the end of 2015, I thought it would be useful to note some of the most cogent recent developments on which the need, and hope, for a new […]

30 novembre 2015

« Who Should Pick Board Members? »

« There is a frenzied rush for shareholders to get a new ‘right”, the right to put up their own nominees for board membership. Boards of directors, so goes a dominant opinion, are not to be fully trusted to pick the right kind of people as directors or to shift the membership swiftly as circumstances […]

10 novembre 2015

Le vote consultatif sur la rémunération des dirigeants : Une expérience concluante?

Si les actionnaires pouvaient s’exprimer directement sur les programmes de rémunération, les conseils d’administration seraient-ils plus judicieux, plus modérés en matière de rémunération des dirigeants, plus à l’écoute des avis des investisseurs institutionnels. De prime abord, cela semble raisonnable, voire indéniable. Jouissant d’une popularité certaine auprès des investisseurs institutionnels ainsi que d’un appui politique opportuniste, […]

4 novembre 2015

« IGOPP’s Policy Paper on Proxy Access by Shareholders to the Director Nomination Process »

« The board of the Institute for Governance (IGOPP) unanimously approved a Policy paper on Proxy Access by Shareholders to the Director Nomination Process. The prerogative to nominate the members of the board, which has historically been the sole responsibility of boards of directors, has now been challenged by institutional funds determined to acquire the […]

5 octobre 2015

« Will a New Paradigm for Corporate Governance Bring Peace? »

« The decades-long conflict that is currently raging over short-termism and activist hedge funds strikes me as analogous to the Thirty Years’ War of the 17th Century, albeit fought with statistics (“empirical evidence”), op-eds and journal articles rather than cannon, pike and sword. I decided, after some thirty-six years in the front line of the […]

23 juin 2015

« Activism, Short-Termism, and the SEC »

« Today, I’d like to pull together some themes that I have been thinking, speaking, and writing about during my tenure and address them more holistically. Specifically, I’d like to share with you some thoughts about shareholder activism, short-termism, and the SEC. I. What is activism? Like many others, I view activism broadly: it is simply […]

25 mai 2015

« The case for and against activist hedge funds »

« A subset of so-called hedge funds, henceforth known as “activists”, has latched on the idea that many corporations are not managed or governed in a manner likely to maximize value for shareholders. With the capital they have obtained from pension funds and other institutional investors, they take a small position in the equity of publicly […]

6 février 2015

« Engagement and Activism in the 2015 Proxy Season »

« Yet companies, boards, and other investors should keep in mind that shareholder activism is often merely a tactic in a self-interested investment strategy. Shareholder activists such as hedge funds typically are pursuing short-term financial gain at the expense of long-term shareholders and stakeholders. These funds welcome the support of academics and theorists who argue that […]

30 janvier 2015

« The State of Corporate Governance for 2015 »

Financial Activism « Over the past three years, the number and intensity of financial activism initiatives has increased. The ongoing debate on the wealth effects of hedge fund activism is worth following and is well-covered on Harvard’s corporate governance blog ( Although financial activism may return immediate wealth to some shareholders through the sale of […]