2016 January Special Supplement
More “Hot Issues for Your Annual Meeting”There is still time to bone up - and maybe right now is the very best time to do so - to be sure you are up to snuff on what really IS hot on the shareholder meeting scene - and potentially dangerous to your careers - including topics like notice provisions and “floor votes,” issues that may require a “majority of the minority” to safely approve them, how to deal with potentially disruptive attendees - and to put limits on their ‘floor time’ if not to exclude them altogether - plus a wide variety of “proxy plumbing issues” that can trip up the unprepared.
Berkshire Hathaway Will Stream Its Annual Meeting Via Yahoo…YAHOO! We Say… But Add a Tiny Boo or...In last year’s wrap-up of the 2015 shareholder meeting season we predicted that more and more companies would go back to actually trying to make the meetings more inviting - and more useful to shareholders. So we were happy when Yahoo announced it will host the first-ever live stream of the annual shareholders meeting of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway
The Auditor “Blooper Of The Year”?
"RFP-LITE"Goodbye and Good Riddance We Say, To Those 20+ Page RFPs with Their 200-Page Responses.
Beefs On Buybacks Finally Gain Some TractionAt long last, the problems and perils of poorly-conceived and poorly executed share-buyback programs are starting to get the attention they deserve.
Here’s The Optimizer’s Roadmap for Better Governance of the Corporate Cash Register - and Share...
ADRmageddon…SEC Enforcement Subpoenas Hit The Top-4 ADR Banks: Mega-Scandals Threaten ADR Bankers...The SEC’s Enforcement Division has issued wide-ranging subpoenas to the four largest ADR banks - and to many of their top officials, we are told - demanding detailed information going all the way back to 1997, according to our source - the chief whistleblower, who, while wanting to be anonymous for now, knows the ADR business inside and out.
The SSA Announced This Year’s James R. Smith Scholarship Winner - Its 12th!An 18-year-old Connecticut high-school senior with his sights set on a career in nursing has been named the winner of the 2016 award under the James R. Smith Scholarship Program of the Shareholder Services Association.
Carl Hagberg's Comments to the SEC - Transfer Agency IndustryAfter almost 30 years of no action, the SEC asked for comments on a "mega-list" of proposed initiatives to regulate the transfer agency industry, which has changed beyond recognition, and in numerous ways, since their last real rule-making. Read Carl Hagberg's, sometimes contrarian comments - based on 32 years of experience in and 23 around the transfer agency business.
Hot Issues for Your Annual MeetingA transcript of TheCorporateCounsel.net's March 2nd webcast, with experts Keith Bishop, Partner, Allen Matkins LLP, Carl Hagberg, Independent Inspector of Elections and Editor of The Shareholder Service Optimizer, Roxanne Houtman, Partner, Potter Anderson Corroon LLP, and Jill Whitney, VP - Client Services, Broadridge.
COMING SOON: "VOTES HAVE VALUE"A plain-English primer on exactly HOW shareholder votes have value...on WHY individual investors should make time to cast their votes.... on how to read a proxy statement and make up your mind on how to vote...and on ways to make proxy voting EASY - and habitual.
Why Companies & Investors Are Embracing Real Online Annual ReportsWill U.S. Companies Take a Cue from Their European Counterparts & Jump on This Rising Trend?
Transfer Agent Pays An Extra Nickel To Every ShareholderTransfer Agent Pays An Extra Five-Cents Per Share To Every Stockholder Of A Major Us Company: 158 Million Nickels Too Many!
Coporate Governance: A 20 Year OverviewA Quick Look-Back At “Shareholder Service”, “Shareholder Relations” - And The Securities Industry As A Whole Over 20 Fast-Changing Years – All Leading Up To Today’s “Glorious Days Of The Corporate Governance Movement”
Unclaimed Property And The Real James Brown“Ah Feel Gooood!” – Finding The Real James Brown, And Reuniting Him With Almost A Half-Million Dollars In Unclaimed Property…A Nifty Story – And One That’s Still Contains A Valuable Takeaway On Abandoned Property
How Independent Inspectors Of Election Came To Be...With Special Thanks To Mister Smith... And Mister Jones. Another Fun Story For Our “History” Section.
Tales From The CryptHorror Stories About The Perils Of Holding Abandoned Property From The Optimizer’s Story Vault… All Of Them Absolutely True.
Harry Of Hanover Square, And What We Can And Should Learn From Him TodayThe SSA – And We – honor Harry Poulakakos –Owner Of the World-Famous Harry’s Bar Of Hanover Square… “Wall Street’s Favorite Watering Hole” For Over 36 Years. What Valuable Lessons There Are To Be Learned Here!
An Interview With James Kristie On Corporate Govenance Trends
Computershare's Jay McHale Reviews Issuer...
An Interview with Mike O’Donnell and Melissa McCarthy