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  1. August 27, 2014

    Shareholder value: controlling interests

    It is brickbats for shareholders time. A chorus of voices argue that managing companies purely for shareholder interests is...

  2. August 7, 2014

    Norway’s oil fund to reveal voting intentions

    One of the world’s largest investors will start publicly declaring how it intends to vote at companies’ annual meetings in a...

  1. July 16, 2014

    Mike Ashley gives City institutions a right royal salute

    Mike Ashley’s grand gesture in giving up his share of Sports Direct’s executive bonus scheme is as enigmatic as the man. It...

  2. July 16, 2014

    Experian suffers shareholder revolt over board reshuffle

    The wave of shareholder rebellions sweeping the City escalated on Wednesday, as a substantial minority of investors in...

  3. July 15, 2014

    Ralph Whitworth steps down as Hewlett-Packard chairman

    Ralph Whitworth, a leader among the activist investors who are shaking up US corporate governance, has stepped down as...

  4. July 11, 2014

    Burberry investors vote down Christopher Bailey’s £20m pay deal

    Burberry has suffered the first pay defeat of a FTSE 100 company for two years, as shareholders rejected a £20m remuneration...

  5. July 7, 2014

    FTSE 100 chiefs’ pay falls for second year

    The average pay for the bosses of the UK’s largest public companies has fallen for the second year running as group boards...

  6. July 2, 2014

    Mike Ashley bonus approved at Sports Direct meeting

    After two previous shareholder rebellions, Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley struck third-time lucky on Wednesday when...

  7. June 22, 2014

    Corporate governance: the resurgent activist

    The US Chamber of Commerce calls it “minoritarianism, the tyranny of a minority”. Dan Gallagher of the Securities and...

  8. June 22, 2014

    US companies pushed on political funds

    Increasing numbers of shareholders are demanding that US companies account for their political spending, as annual meetings...

  9. June 18, 2014

    Minority investors: case studies

    The life of a minority investor, part one. In London this year, Essar Group bought the shares in Essar Energy it did not...

  10. June 9, 2014

    Japan’s companies loosen grip on cash

    As a rule, Japan Inc has long squirrelled cash away. Companies in the Topix 500, excluding financial stocks, were holding...

  11. June 5, 2014

    JKX still locked in legal dispute with biggest shareholders

    The failure of two Ukrainian oligarchs to cast their disputed votes prevented a possible boardroom shake-up at JKX Oil & Gas...

  12. May 23, 2014

    HSBC shareholders revolt on pay

    More than a fifth of shareholders’ votes were cast against HSBC’s three-year pay policy in the latest sign of investor...

  13. May 20, 2014

    Shell’s new pay structure criticised

    A sharp fall in the pay of outgoing chief executive Peter Voser last year failed to quell discontent among some investors at...

  14. May 16, 2014

    Kentz shareholders refuse to back board’s pay package

    The wave of shareholder protests against high corporate salaries escalated on Friday after Kentz, the FTSE 250 UK...

  15. May 15, 2014

    Amber Capital forces out Nexans CEO Frédéric Vincent

    Frédéric Vincent has been removed from his role as chief executive of Nexans amid pressure from top shareholders concerned...

  16. May 14, 2014

    ITV hit by investor revolt over Adam Crozier’s £8.4m pay packet

    ITV has suffered an investor revolt over pay, after the total pay package of its chief executive Adam Crozier nearly tripled...

  17. May 12, 2014

    Allergan warns Valeant bid would hit R&D

    Allergan has launched a robust defence against a near-$50bn bid by rival drugmaker Valeant and activist investor Bill...

  18. May 11, 2014

    Pressure grows on Oracle over Ellison pay

    Oracle is facing renewed pressure over the pay of its founder and chief executive Larry Ellison from investors who say the...

  19. May 11, 2014

    Poison pills: legitimate victory

    Winning an election on the merits of an argument is tougher than buying it. So Dan Loeb must be gratified by his victory at...

  20. May 7, 2014

    Reckitt hit by shareholder revolt over pay plans

    More than 40 per cent of shareholders in Reckitt Benckiser refused to back the company’s remuneration report in a sign that...

  21. April 29, 2014

    Emails reveal Sotheby’s board concerns

    Members of Sotheby’s board privately worried about executive pay and perks and about the performance of chief executive...

  22. April 25, 2014

    Poison pills are a toxic temptation for hidebound chiefs

    Activist hedge funds are on the march. Flush with a record $74.2bn in their coffers, tough-talking fund managers are taking...

  23. April 23, 2014

    Shareholder activism: Battle for the boardroom

    For most of his long career as a Wall Street attorney, Martin Lipton has been the man to call when companies find themselves...

  24. April 22, 2014

    Cable warns of curbs unless top companies act over executive pay

    Vince Cable has written to chairmen of FTSE 100 remuneration committees to warn that pressure for further government action...

  25. April 18, 2014

    BlackRock chief preaches tech spending to the unconverted

    When Larry Fink, chief executive the world’s largest fund management company, opines on the best uses of cash, his words...

  26. April 15, 2014

    Unappeased Barclays investors still set for pay protest

    Shareholders in Barclays have said they are still planning to register a significant protest vote over the bank’s pay...

  27. April 10, 2014

    Investors are right to resist high capex

    It has become fashionable to suggest that an investor obsession with dividends and buybacks has forced companies to cut back...

  28. April 7, 2014

    US banks hold AGMs a long way from home

    Like a musician at the height of her career, Citigroup used to hold its annual meetings in New York’s Carnegie Hall. There...

  29. March 25, 2014

    America’s need for active investors

    When it comes to shareholders having a say in listed companies, the general impression in the US is that they have too...

  30. March 18, 2014

    Investors unseat CommonWealth’s board

    Shareholders have voted to unseat the board of CommonWealth Real Estate Investment Trust, led by the Portnoy family, in a...

  31. February 27, 2014

    Loeb pushes for board seats at Sotheby’s

    Dan Loeb, the activist investor, will try to force his way on to the board of Sotheby’s at the company’s next annual...

  32. February 26, 2014

    Better Boards: ‘Pass the baton of chairmanship’

    Board Intelligence, a specialist in board information, is holding a series of debates called “The Board is Dead; Long Live...

  33. February 21, 2014

    JPMorgan avoids third showdown over Dimon role

    JPMorgan Chase has avoided a third successive showdown with shareholders at its annual meeting in Florida by convincing...

  34. February 19, 2014

    Better Boards: Young panel focuses on wider responsibilities

    Board Intelligence, a specialist in board information, is holding a series of debates called “The Board is Dead; Long Live...

  35. February 5, 2014

    Better Boards: ‘Two reasons for boardroom failure’

    Board Intelligence, a specialist in board information, is holding a series of debates called “The Board is Dead; Long Live...

  36. January 29, 2014

    Better Boards: Evaluation code proposed

    Boardroom behaviour at UK listed companies has scarcely been out of the news in the five years since Sir David Walker’s 2009...

  37. January 21, 2014

    Pressure mounts for corporates’ cash piles to be put to work

    It is a paradox troubling many in business world: if companies are sitting on record levels of cash, why aren’t they...

  38. January 15, 2014

    Sandell Asset Management steps up call for FirstGroup break-up

    The US hedge fund calling for the break-up of FirstGroup has stepped up its demands in a second letter urging the UK...

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