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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...

March 23, 2012 A Fair Harvard Fund

Source: Harvard Crimson

Like many Harvard College seniors, the impending prospect of commencement has led us to reflect on the role Harvard has played in our lives. Through four wonderful years in Cambridge, we have been challenged and supported by...

March 19, 2012 Signs of Progress…or Alarming Trends?

Source: The Motley Fool

Years ago, shareholder activism was never newsworthy unless somebody like Carl Icahn or Bill Ackman was taking the action. These days, shareholder activism has become an area that's worth following closely.

March 15, 2012 Social Finance's Tracy Palandjian on the Next Generation of Responsible Investing

Source: Knowledge at Wharton

"The Caging of America" -- an article in The New Yorker written by Adam Gopnik -- paints a disturbing picture of the human toll and costs of the nation's prison system. In it, Gopnik notes that between 1980 and 2010, the number...

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