Goodbye PGI – Thanks for everything

It was with great sadness that Steve Wallman, founder of ProxyGovernance Inc, let the team at Manifest know that PGI would be closing its doors at the end of the year. Manifest has worked closely with the PGI team since its inception. We knew many of the team from their time at IRRC before its sale to ISS.

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“Excessive” bonuses lead to higher dissent

One of the questions faced by investors when considering say on pay votes is whether the payout is appropriate. While salary may be easily compared against peers, assessing how appropriate the bonus is may not be so straightforward. To try to get a clearer perspective on such a hot topic, Manifest teamed up with Swiss research organisation, Obermatt, in an effort to More…

Disqualifications of James Hardie directors overturned

The NSW Court of Appeal has overturned the decision of the NSW Supreme Court in respect of seven directors who had received bans on serving as directors. The Supreme Court had found that they had breached their duties to the company (James Hardie)  in 2001 over a misleading media release about asbestos compensation.

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US Senate to investigate securities lending

Obscure securities lending practices have been a cause for concern for the governance community in recent years as the ability to recall shares at short notice can negatively impact investors’ ability to vote at general meetings.

The US Senate is now adding its weight to worries about the industry and is launching an investigation into the securities-lending practices More…

Law on ‘unfair remuneration’ one step closer in Switzerland

The Swiss Council of States (the upper house of the Swiss Federal Assembly) has discussed an amendment to Swiss company law in an attempt to encourage Thomas Minder to withdraw his proposed referendum to insert provisions on directors pay into the Swiss Constitution. The Council of States has argued that regulations on the remuneration of directors of More…