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Update on the current board issues: April 2015

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Shareholder activism: Are you prepared to respond?

Activist investors are increasing in number and becoming more assertive in exercising their influence over companies in which they have a stake. And shareholder activism comes in different forms, ranging from say-on-pay votes, to shareholder proposals, to “vote no” campaign where some investors will urge other shareholders to withhold votes from one or more directors, to hedge fund activism.

Activism can build or progress. If a company is the target of a less aggressive form of activism one year, such as say-on-pay or shareholder proposals, and the activists’ issues are not resolved, it could lead to more aggressive activism in the following years.

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