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April 16, 2014 C.E.O. Pay Goes Up, Up and Away!

Source: NY Times

At 79, Graef “Bud” Crystal is the grand old man of executive compensation critics. Once a top compensation consultant, he switched sides in the 1980s, becoming a fierce critic of many of the practices he helped institutionalize,...

April 10, 2014 Seven Things They Don't Teach You In Business School

Source: Forbes

Would you spend $200,000 on something if it didn’t make you happier? As it turns out, you can invest over $200,000 on a top MBA program these days and while you will on average earn more and have a better network upon...

April 5, 2014 Actions General Motors should take to clean up its mess

FOX News - We hope that is true. Consumers Union, the public policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, thinks that today's General Motors should be held accountable for the actions of the pre-bankruptcy company and that...

April 3, 2014 Is GM CEO Mary Barra Being Thrown Under The Bus?

Source: Forbes

For two days this week, General Motors GM +1.57% Chief Executive Mary Barra withstood a barrage of Congressional questioning over GM’s recall crisis. Maintaining a steady tone, and rarely showing emotion, Barra apologized,...

April 2, 2014 Is High-Frequency Trading as Bad as Michael Lewis Wants You to Think?

Source: The Wire

"The United States stock market, the most iconic market in global capitalism, is rigged." So says author Michael Lewis in his new book about Wall Street (and in the most quotable part of his recent 60 Minutes segment.) But...

March 31, 2014 Why Business Schools Ignore Women

Source: Bloomberg/BusinessWeek

Respected organizations such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, McKinsey, and Goldman Sachs (GS) have repeatedly exhorted the business community to do more to include women in the global economy. They are backed...

March 28, 2014 Taking the initiative: Stock exchanges and sustainable value creation over the long term

Source: EIRIS Blog

Representatives from EIRIS recently had the privilege of taking part in the Istanbul Sustainability Index Workshop, organised by Sabanci University in cooperation with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the Corporate Governance...

March 25, 2014 Is Shareholder Activism Here To Stay?

Source: The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel

Kochian: I am primarily an M&A lawyer, doing a fair mix of public and private, U.S. and cross-border deals. I have also represented a fair number of public reporting companies, and that combination of experience lends itself to...

March 25, 2014 The "Cardinal Sin" That GM May Have Committed On Chevy Cobalt

Source: Forbes

The furor surrounding General Motors’ recall of 1.6 million 2003-2007 vehicles is exposing some of the company’s long-hidden practices. Last week, Bloomberg News reported that the company’s zeal for slashing parts prices in the...

March 22, 2014 Exxon Decision Shows Growing Climate Clout Of Investors

Law 360 - Law360, New York (March 21, 2014, 7:34 PM ET) -- ExxonMobil Corp.'s agreement to disclose how it evaluates the climate change risks of its energy assets is a rare, significant victory for shareholder activists that...

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