Capital Allocation Strategies For Audit Committee Members

Law360, New York (June 25, 2015, 10:27 AM EDT) -- Audit committees in the United States are facing increased demands from many quarters in 2015, which expand their responsibilities, expose them to greater shareholder and regulatory scrutiny and potential liabilities, and can provide the basis for proxy advisers and shareholder activists to oppose the re-election of audit committee members to the board of directors of the company.

For example, audit committees, given the financial sophistication and independence of their members, can be seen as logical corporate governance bodies to initially address pressures on board oversight of capital allocation that are resulting from heightened shareholder activism, growing desires by institutional investors for...

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