On the latest episode of The Bank Account, Jonathan and I were joined by our colleague, Kevin Strachan, to discuss the role and importance of the various proxy advisory services. Corporate governance continues to be a hot topic in the industry, and the proxy advisory services have a significant sway in determining what provisions are deemed “acceptable” by many institutional investors.
Within the podcast, we look at the two primary proxy advisory services, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS, not to be confused with ISIS, although we have them pronounced identically by some frustrated boards) and Glass Lewis. We look at the differences between the two services, where they’ve historically focused, and ways in which they sometimes have diminished power and sometimes enhanced power.
As with so many issues, obtaining the right corporate governance for any individual bank or holding company is not something that should simply be taken off a shelf (or off a podcast). Instead, we encourage interested parties to engage experienced counsel, such as Bryan Cave LLP, to identify the best individualized approach for the specific situation.