In this episode of S&C’s Critical Insights, Sarah Payne, John Savva and Melissa Sawyer are joined by Kelly Sullivan, partner at communications firm Joele Frank, and Scott Winter, managing director at proxy solicitation firm Innisfree, to discuss the new universal proxies required by the Securities and Exchange Commission. They discuss how companies can prepare for these proxies, which must include all director nominees properly presented for election, and what to expect for the upcoming season.
The group discussed how the new ballots will likely lead to more activism, especially from smaller investors, and how companies can respond. On a positive note, the new proxy process has spurred many companies to refresh their bylaws to better address this new process.
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