Found 5 article(s) for author 'Shareholder Activism'

Shareholder Activism on Sustainability Issues

Shareholder Activism on Sustainability Issues. George Serafeim, July 25, 2016, Paper, “A growing number of investors are now engaging companies on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, in addition to traditional executive compensation, shareholder rights, and board of directors’ topics. In 2013, nearly 40 percent of all shareholder proposals submitted to Russell 3000 companies related to ESG issues, representing a 60 percent increase since 2003 (Proxy Voting Analytics, 2014). The topics of ESG proposals are diverse, ranging from disclosure of political contributions and compliance with human rights policies, to the adoption of a climate change policy. The purpose of this paper is to test the effect that ESG proposals have on firms’ subsequent ESG performance and market valuation.Link

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Toward Board Declassification in 100 S&P 500 and Fortune 500 Companies: Report of the SRP for the 2012 and 2013 Proxy Seasons

Toward Board Declassification in 100 S&P 500 and Fortune 500 Companies: Report of the SRP for the 2012 and 2013 Proxy Seasons. Lucian Bebchuk, Scott Hirst, June Rhee, February 1, 2014, Paper. “This report provides an overview and analysis of the work that the Shareholder Rights Project (SRP) undertook on behalf of a number of institutional investors during 2012 and 2013, the SRP’s first two years of operations. During 2012 and 2013, the SRP worked on behalf of eight SRP-represented investors on board declassification proposals…” Link verified June 19, 2014

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The Myth that Insulating Boards Serves Long-Term Value

The Myth that Insulating Boards Serves Long-Term Value. Lucian Bebchuk, September 2013, Paper. “According to an influential view in corporate law writings and debates, pressure from shareholders leads companies to take myopic actions that are costly in the long term, and insulating boards from such pressure serves the long-term interests of companies as well as their shareholders. This board insulation claim has been regularly invoked in a wide range of contexts to support existing or tighter limits on shareholder rights and involvement. This paper subjects this view to a comprehensive examination and finds it wanting…” Link verified June 19, 2014

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The Long-Term Effects of Hedge Fund Activism

The Long-Term Effects of Hedge Fund Activism. Lucian Bebchuk, July 9, 2013, Paper. “We test the empirical validity of a claim that has been playing a central role in debates on corporate governance – the claim that interventions by activist shareholders, and in particular activist hedge funds, have an adverse effect on the long-term interests of companies and their shareholders. While this “myopic activists” claim has been regularly invoked and has had considerable influence, its supporters have thus far failed to back it up with evidence…” Link verified June 19, 2014

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Pre-Disclosure Accumulations by Activist Investors: Evidence and Policy

Pre-Disclosure Accumulations by Activist Investors: Evidence and Policy. Lucian Bebchuk, April 2013, Paper. “The SEC is currently considering a rulemaking petition requesting that the Commission shorten the ten-day window, established by Section 13(d) of the Williams Act, within which investors must publicly disclose purchases of a 5% or greater stake in public companies. In this Article, we provide the first systematic empirical evidence on these disclosures and find that several of the petition’s factual premises are not consistent with the evidence.Our analysis is based on about 2,000 filings by activist hedge funds…” Link verified June 19, 2014

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