États-Unis

  • É.-U.-d’A. : Développement de la démocratie actionnariale en 2017

    Shareholder Proposal Developments During the 2017 Proxy Season

    Ronald O. Mueller and Elizabeth Ising are partners at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. This post is based on a Gibson Dunn publication by Mr. Mueller, Ms. Ising, and Lori Zyskowski.

    This post provides an overview of shareholder proposals submitted to public companies for 2017 shareholder meetings, including statistics and notable decisions from the staff (the “Staff”) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on no-action requests.

    I. Shareholder Proposal Statistics and Voting Results

    A. Shareholder Proposals Submitted

    1. Overview

    For 2017 shareholder meetings, shareholders have submitted approximately 827 proposals, which is significantly less than the 916 proposals submitted for 2016 shareholder meetings and the 943 proposals submitted for 2015 shareholder meetings.

    For 2017, across four broad categories of shareholder proposals—governance and shareholder rights; environmental and social issues; executive compensation; and corporate civic engagement—the most frequently submitted were environmental and social proposals (with approximately 345 proposals submitted).

    The number of social proposals submitted to companies increased to approximately 201 proposals during the 2017 proxy season (up from 160 in 2016). Thirty-five social proposals submitted in 2017 focused on board diversity (up from 28 in 2016), 34 proposals focused on discrimination or diversity-related issues (up from 16 in 2016), and 19 proposals focused on the gender pay gap (up from 13 in 2016).

    Environmental proposals were also popular during the 2017 proxy season, with 144 proposals submitted (up from 139 in 2016). Furthermore, there was an unprecedented level of shareholder support for environmental proposals this proxy season, with three climate change proposals receiving majority support and climate change proposals averaging support of 32.6% of votes cast. This compares to one climate change proposal receiving majority support in 2016 and climate change proposals averaging support of 24.2% of votes cast. As further discussed below, the success of these proposals is at least in part due to the shift in approach towards environmental proposals by certain institutional investors, including BlackRock, Vanguard and Fidelity.

  • É.-U.-d’A. : Revue des AAA 2017

    2017 Proxy Season Review

    Mark Manoff is Americas Vice Chair and Stephen W. Klemash is a Partner with the EY Center for Board Matters. This post is based on a publication from the EY Center for Board Matters by Mr. Manoff and Mr. Klemash.

    Amid regulatory and legislative uncertainty, investors remain committed to holding boards, and themselves, to higher levels of accountability, transparency and engagement. The 2017 proxy season is marked by the launch of a historic US stewardship code and the emergence of proxy access as standard practice across large companies.

    These developments unite many leading investors behind common governance and stewardship principles and encourage other investors to take a more active approach to stewardship responsibilities. They also grant investors more influence over the companies they own.

    Where’s the focus this year?

    Board diversity and gender pay equity are key themes in 2017. Investors and boards recognize diversity as a critical element to enhancing board effectiveness and corporate talent agendas. Environmental sustainability is also increasingly in the spotlight, with many investors viewing companies’ approaches to climate risk management through the lens of long-term value creation. Some investors are challenging unequal voting structures and virtual shareholder meetings based on signals that those practices may be on the rise. Meanwhile, investor support for director elections and executive pay programs is holding strong as companies continue to enhance their investor communications—both in the proxy and through direct engagement.

    This post is based on the EY Center for Board Matters proprietary corporate governance database and ongoing conversations with investors and directors. [1]

  • É.-U.-d’A. : La Chambre détruit Dodd-Frank

    La loi Dodd-Frank (baptisée d’après les ex-sénateurs démocrates Barney Frank et Christopher Dodd) impose notamment des coussins de fonds propres aux grandes banques, des tests de résistance annuels et un processus de préparation à une éventuelle faillite.

    La Chambre vote un projet de loi pour alléger la régulation financière

    8 juin 2017
    Agence France-Presse, La Presse

    Washington — La Chambre des représentants américains a voté jeudi un projet de loi qui détricote une bonne part des règlementations financières de la loi Dodd-Frank, adoptée après la crise de 2008.

    Ce texte baptisé « Financial Choice Act » a réuni 233 voix contre 186 jeudi à la Chambre mais il doit encore passer devant le Sénat où il aura besoin de voix d’élus démocrates pour être adopté.

  • Au-delà du protectionnisme-spectacle…

    Un régime industriel encore plus autoritaire que Trump?

    27 janvier 2017
    Dominique Lemoine

    Les marchés boursiers d’Amérique du Nord ne se sont pas encore effondrés, comme l’anticipaient plusieurs, en cas d’élection de Donald Trump à la présidence avec son discours protectionniste.

  • Ouverture et réglementation de marchés

    Nouvelles permissions et règles financières à venir

    31 août 2015
    Dominique Lemoine

    Des développements en matière de réglementation financière sont en cours et s’inspirent mutuellement en Europe et en Amérique du Nord.

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