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Welcome to Manifest-I the blog of Manifest, the proxy voting agency. Here we take a wide ranging view of topical governance and stewardship issues. Please feel free to add your comments and join the debate.

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Manifest Publishes Global Regulatory Review

Manifest has this week published a Global Regulatory Review, keeping customers abreast of the latest developments in corporate governance and related disciplines around the world.   Global capital markets and investors expectations towards them have changed radically over the past 20 years. Sir Adrian Cadbury could probably never have guessed what his dryly-titled “Report of the Committee on More…

Inundated with the wrong PRI-orities?

As we approach the busiest time of year for those of us involved in share voting, it will come as little comfort that the current round of PRI reporting is weighing heavily in investor in-boxes.

It includes requirements relating to vote confirmations and seeks to identify whether investors have:

obtained confirmation that votes have been lodged; participated More…

Manifest webinar for Issuers - Proxy Season 2014: Governance Best Practice

Wednesday 26th February, 12:30-13:30pm   A “hot topics” webinar for issuers only! An opportunity for company secretaries and IR personnel to hear from and engage with the UK’s most objective, independent and transparent proxy research specialists about what 2014 has in store for everyone.    Agenda Proxy Analysts – Re-drawing The Battle Lines? The Best Practice Principles More…

When is a meeting notice not a meeting notice?

Answer: when it’s a selective mailing sent out to a privileged few under embargo before the formal announcement date.

Today we have the case of Novartis, which yesterday (Thursday, 30-Jan-14) faxed (yes, faxed) an advance copy of its AGM meeting notice to selected names on their share register ahead of the formal dispatch to ordinary shareholders.

In More…

Bananorama knows what gets results...

There’s no denying it: we work in a results-driven world. Financial results, investment return, engagement outcomes, meeting results. In fact, this is a good thing. Positive results we’ve contributed to are one of the things that make our work feel valuable (and shock horror, actually gets it valued sometimes as well!).

So how or why would we create a situation More…