Archives for Proxy Advisory Firms

Letter to ESMA on Proxy Advisory Firms (12/9/2013)

Date: December 9, 2013

To: Best Practice Principles for Governance Research Providers Group

Issue: Proxy Advisory 

Filing Type: International 

Description: As Chamber members operate in all nations of the European Union we welcomed the European Securities and Markets Authority’s development of the Best Practice Principles for Governance Research Providers Group, including Proxy Advisory Firms. 

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Letter in advance of the SEC roundtable on Proxy Firms (12/3/2013)

Date: December 3, 2013

Issue:  Proxy Advisory Firms

To: Securities and Exchange Commission

Filing Type: Regulatory

Description: The Securities and Exchange Commission held a public roundtable to discuss the use of proxy advisory firm services by institutional investors and investment advisers.  In advance of the roundtable, CCMC sent a letter to the SEC commending the Commission for hosting the roundtable and reminding the SEC of the Chamber’s Proxy Advisory Firm Principles released earlier this year.

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2014 Proxy Season: What Lies Ahead?

The U.S. Chamber’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness (CCMC) has long-advocated for policies that promote effective shareholder participation in the corporate governance process.  A keystone to this process is proxy elections, and over the past decade important and positive strides have been made to improve communication between boards, management, and investors.

With the 2013 proxy season behind us, we are turning our attention to 2014.  This half day event aims to examine the trends that will impact corporations as they plan for next year’s proxy season.

Attendees will hear from issue experts and thought leaders from the corporate community, members of the proxy plumbing industry, and others who will provide views on what to expect in the 2014 proxy season and the outlook for corporate governance at large.

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Registration and continental breakfast will open at 8:00 a.m., followed by the program from 8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Registration fees are $20 for Chamber Members; and $35 for non-members. Federal Government employees receive complimentary registration*

Examining the Power and Impact of Proxy Advisory Firms

Date: June 4, 2013

Issue: Corporate Governance

To: The Honorable Scott Garrett and the Honorable Carolyn Maloney

Filing Type: Congressional 

Description: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce hopes to work with the Subcommittee to implement solutions that can benefit retail shareholders and  provide businesses with a more efficient means of raising capital to grow and create jobs. 

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Letter to Chair Walter and the Role of Proxy Advisory Firms

Date: March 20, 2013

Issue: Corporate Governance

To: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Filing Type: Regulatory

Description: Instead, The CCMC believes that government should encourage public companies, investors, and proxy advisory firms to engage in a dialogue to create a system that brings transparency and accountability to proxy advisory firms. This dialogue should build on other positive trends in the proxy system including greater communication between companies and shareholders, and enhanced due diligence by asset managers in executing shareholder votes.

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