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The Elimination of Broker Voting in Director Elections


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  • Ali Akyol

    (University of Melbourne)

  • Konrad Raff

    (VU University Amsterdam)

  • Patrick Verwijmeren

    (VU University Amsterdam, Duisenberg school of finance, and University of Glasgow)

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    After pressure from shareholder activists, proxy advisory firms, and the New York Stock Exchange, the Securities and Exchange Commission has eliminated uninstructed broker voting in director elections. We observe that average director approval rates remain high after the change in regulation, while the probability of a director being voted off the board remains low. In addition, we find no evidence of significant wealth effects of the change in regulation. We do find that firms are increasingly letting shareholders ratify their auditors after the change in regulation, which helps in establishing a quorum.

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    Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 12-094/IV/DSF38.

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    Date of creation: 14 Sep 2012
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    Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:20120094

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    Keywords: Broker voting; shareholder empowerment; Securities and Exchange Commission; board effectiveness;

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    1. Andres Almazan & Javier Suarez, 2003. "Entrenchment and Severance Pay in Optimal Governance Structures," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, American Finance Association, vol. 58(2), pages 519-548, 04.
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