Analysis

Battle Looms Over SEC's Proxy, Shareholder Proposals

By Tom Zanki (November 27, 2019, 10:59 AM EST) -- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's proposed revisions to the shareholder voting process, including new regulations on proxy advisory firms and stiffer rules on corporate ballot proposals, are facing pushback from investor groups ahead of a potential showdown in 2020.

Both rule proposals, though separate, have in common an attempt by the SEC to reform key elements of the shareholder voting system that haven't changed for decades. Whether the proposed changes are for better or worse is a question that divides market participants. Several shareholders groups worry the SEC's efforts favor corporations at the expense of investors.

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