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03 October 2023 • Articles

Institute of Directors

Proxy advisors

In this article published by the Institute of Directors (IoD), Chris Hodge, Special Advisor at Morrow Sodali discusses the ongoing debate regarding the influence of proxy advisors in the UK listed sector. Proxy advisors, entities that provide voting recommendations to investors, have been a point of contention, with some companies arguing that they wield excessive influence over voting decisions during Annual General Meetings (AGMs).

However, recent research commissioned by the Financial Reporting Council, conducted by Morrow Sodali and the University of Durham Business School, challenges this perception, suggesting that the impact of proxy advisors on voting is more nuanced than previously believed.

The research focused on voting results in the FTSE350 during the 2022 AGM season, particularly regarding remuneration and director appointments. It found that recommendations to vote against resolutions were more frequent for remuneration issues. Despite some dissent, most directors were re-elected with strong shareholder support. 

Overall, the article underscores the importance of finding solutions to enhance engagement between companies and shareholders while addressing concerns surrounding the influence of proxy advisors.

Read the full article here.

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