Examining the Role of Proxy Advisory Firms

Washington, District of Columbia
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Examining the Role of Proxy Advisory Firms
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Eastern Time)

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
(202) 463-5374
1615 H Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20062
United States

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Please join the U.S. Chamber Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness (CCMC) on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 for a half-day event that will take an in-depth look at the influence of proxy advisors and the state of corporate governance in the U.S.  

Proxy advisory firms’ role in corporate governance has expanded drastically over the past several years, most notably through the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act’s requirement of mandatory Say-on-Pay, which increased institutional shareholders’ reliance on the firms’ proxy voting recommendations and further cemented those firms’ status as de facto corporate governance standard setters.

This event will bring together business leaders, issue experts, and other key stakeholders to discuss proxy advisors’ influence over corporate governance; the relationship between shareholder value, institutional investors’ fiduciary duty, and proxy advisors’ voting advice; and what can be done to restore balance to this important piece of our capital markets structure.          

Registration and breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by the event program from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Edward Durkin, Director, Corporate Affairs, United Brotherhood of Carpenters
  • Frank Hatheway, Chief Economist, The NASDAQ OMX Group
  • Edward S. Knight, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Regulatory Officer, The NASDAQ OMX Group
  • David F. Larcker, Graduate School of Business, Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford University
  • Sara Grootwassink Lewis, CEO and Founder, Lewis Corporate Advisors, LLC
  • Robert McCormick, Chief Policy Officer, Glass Lewis & Co., LLC
  • Patrick McGurn, Executive Director and Special Counsel, Institutional Shareholder Services
  • The Honorable Harvey Pitt, Chief Executive Officer, Kalorama Partners
  • Katherine Smith, Corporate Counsel, The Allstate Corporation

Event Fees:
Non-Chamber Member: $65
Chamber Member: $50
Embassy or Non-Profit: $20
Federal Government Employee: Complimentary*

*Legislative employees should consult with the House and Senate ethics office, as appropriate, to determine whether there would be any prohibition on attendance to this event.

*Executive branch employees should obtain written permission to attend this event from their designated agency ethics office and should fax or email a copy of the permission to Leigh Stapleton at lstapleton@uschamber.com or by fax at (202) 955-1152 prior to the event.


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