General Meeting Season Review 2017 - D.F. King

As public interest continues to intensify in major companies’ corporate governance policies, D.F. King’s summary review aims to highlight the patterns of investor voting across the FTSE100 index and underline the most contentious agenda items in 2017. We hope to provide you with real insights into the voting issues and trends from the 2017 season, while identifying and describing potential hot topics for 2018.

The 2017 AGM season saw robust quorums, improvements in shareholder engagement, expansion of regulatory oversight and further influence of stakeholders across Europe and the United Kingdom. In the run-up to the EU  Shareholder Rights Directive (SRD II), there was a convergence of key themes across the region such as capital increase limits, director elections and remuneration. In an era of more transparent information, increased regulation and  third-party voting, the challenge for issuers to explain their governance in the context of their strategy directly to investors grew further. In the battle for AGM votes, there was a clear correlation between the level of shareholder support but also the quality of company outreach.
 

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Published 6 October, 2017

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