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June 7, 2012 Activists take heart in Wal-Mart results

Source: The Deal Pipeline

A series of shareholder initiatives directed at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. by institutional investors was defeated at the company's annual meeting on June 1, including efforts to deny the reappointment of 16 directors to the Wal-Mart...

May 23, 2012 Are companies ready for the new activist shareholder?

Source: CNN Money

FORTUNE -- Exposing fibs, exaggerations and indiscretions -- routinely used to undercut or derail political careers -- is migrating to the corporate world as a new tactic for unhappy shareholder activists to win changes they seek...

May 14, 2012 Impact Investing: Will It Make a Difference?

Source: US News and World Report

About a year ago, the New Hampshire Charitable Trust asked us if some Tuck students would be interested in helping them investigate best practices in the new and emerging field of Impact Investing. Our first question was: what do...

May 11, 2012 Proxy advisors: Who are these guys?

Source: Financial Post

The news that an American firm had come out in support of Pershing Square Capital’s slate of directors for the board of Canadian Pacific was ­received with bluster and fanfare in Canadian media.

May 11, 2012 "Intimidation": The Wall Street Journal Attacks Shareholder Activism

Source: Mrdis Matters

In a May 9 editorial, The Wall Street Journal sought to demonize activities by corporate shareholders who are pushing for increased disclosures of corporations' political spending, saying those efforts were part of a "campaign to...

May 9, 2012 Shareholders should support ban on political spending

Source: Wicked Local

On Wednesday, May 9, shareholders at Bank of America will vote “yea” or “nay” on a first-of-its-kind “refrain from political spending” resolution. Resolutions addressing political spending are among the most popular in the 2012...

May 8, 2012 GUEST COMMENTARY: Shareholders are taking charge

Source: Times of Northwest Indiana

The media have been flooded with campaign ads focused on state and federal elections. These elections are, of course, important, but there is another series of elections that impact almost all of us -- the annual elections for...

April 30, 2012 Q&A: Why proxy season matters

Source: The Tennessean

For a host of public companies, spring is when shareholders start speaking of “say on pay,” CEOs are forced to face angry investors and so-called corporate gadflies make their rounds. It’s proxy season, and everyday investors...

April 20, 2012 Is Citi Just the Beginning?

Source: Joe Nocera, NY Times

When I walked into work this morning, I found this anonymous message on my voicemail. The call, of course, was referring to the fact that Citigroup’s shareholders voted down CEO Vikram Pandit’s $14.9 million pay package for 2011

April 4, 2012 Columbia professor defends Harvard Law from Wachtell attack

Source: Thompson Reuters

In the rarified interactions between elite law firm partners and elite law schools, the former usually fall all over themselves to shower the latter with praise, and, even more importantly, money. It's a heartwarming tale of...

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