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In Focus

CII Urges Delaware Bar to Reconsider Proposed Amendments on Controlling Shareholders’ Powers

In a May 14 letter to the president of the Delaware Bar Association, CII expressed concern about proposed amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law. Those amendments would overturn a state court ruling invalidating certain provisions that granted a controlling shareholder broad powers over the board. The opinion in the West Palm Beach Firefighters’ Pension Fund v. Moelis & Company, invalidated provisions in a shareholder agreement requiring directors to urge shareholders to vote for the founder’s board nominees and get his approval for the board to take numerous actions, including issuing stock and declaring dividends. The proposed legislation to overturn this decision “appears to contain no limit in terms of how far a shareholder agreement can go in changing a company’s corporate governance,” said CII’s letter.

CII Board Appoints Member Representatives to Leadership Posts

The CII Board of Directors this week appointed 14 member representatives to the U.S. Asset Owners Advisory Council for 2024-2025. The board chose Tara Stacy, director of investment stewardship at Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association, as chair of the advisory council and Jonathan Grabel, CIO of Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association, as vice chair. The board also appointed leaders of CII’s three working committees for the coming year. The board also appointed Kevin Lindahl, executive director of the Fire and Police Pension Association of Colorado, as CII’s representative on the board of the National Institute for Retirement Security (NIRS), a nonprofit think tank that CII helped establish NIRS in 2007.

From Our Newsletter

CII Urges Delaware Bar to Reconsider DCGL Amendments Overturning Ruling that Limits Use of Contracts to Constrict Board Powers
5/16/2024 | Rosemary Lally
In a May 14 letter to the president of the Delaware Bar Association, CII expressed concern about proposed amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law.
PCAOB is Combatting Uptick in Audit Deficiencies, Says Willams
5/16/2024 | Rosemary Lally
The number of audit deficiencies uncovered by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) in its inspections has gone up dramatically, PCAOB Chair Erica Williams said May 16 during the SEC’s Division of Investment Management’s annual Conference on Emerging Trends in Asset Management.
Governance Factors Heavily in Investment Decisions, Survey Finds
5/16/2024 | Rosemary Lally
More than two-thirds of investors in Europe and North America said governance-related factors are most important to their investment decisions, particularly over the short term, finds a survey on ESG conducted by the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Hoover Institution Working Group on Corporate Governance, the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University and The MSCI Sustainability Institute.

Our Mission

At the Council of Institutional Investors, we are dedicated to championing effective corporate governance, strong shareholder rights, and sensible financial regulations to cultivate fair and dynamic capital markets. Our mission encompasses educating members and the public on best corporate governance practices, fostering collaboration among professionals, and advocating for our member-approved governance policies that reflect a diverse range of interests.  CII engages with key market participants across the investor spectrum, including public pension systems, corporate retirement funds, foundations, labor union funds, asset managers, legislators, regulators, and other service providers. As a trusted source of expertise and ideas, we strive to promote fair, competitive capital markets that benefit all shareholders.