Section: July 13, 2023 | Vol. 28, Issue 25
Companies with Both Dual-Class Stock and Classified Boards Have Lower Returns, CII Finds
U.S. public companies with both dual-class stock (without time-based sunsets) and classified boards had significantly lower returns from June 2018-June 2023, according to data compiled by CII.
10 CII Members Shared Proxy Season Accomplishments During Shareholder Advocacy Committee Webinar
One hundred sixty members logged on to CII’s Shareholder Advocacy Committee July 10 webinar on which 10 member representatives shared their 2023 proxy season accomplishments.
SEC Chair Allows SIFMA No-Action to Expire
As he had previously promised, SEC Chair Gary Gensler did not stop the July 3 expiration of the temporary no-action relief that the SEC granted to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), allowing investors to pay separately for research and trade execution.
SEC’s Office of Investor Advocate Outlines Its Priorities for Fiscal 2024

Broker order routing and private markets are listed among the SEC’s Office of Investor Advocate’s key focus areas for fiscal 2024 listed in a new report.
Capitol Hill Lawmakers Spar Over ESG in Investing

During a July 12 House Financial Services Committee hearing on “Protecting Investor Interests: Examining Environmental and Social Policy in Regulation,” experts and lawmakers debated the costs and benefits associated with considering ESG factors when making investment decisions and voting proxy ballots.
Hill Hearing Takes Aim at SEC and Proxy Advisors

A July 13 hearing held by the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Capital Markets focused on “Reforming the Proxy Process to Safeguard Investors Interests” and featured a panel discussing the roles that the SEC and proxy advisor firms play in the proxy voting process.
New Report Examines Financial Risks to Investors of U.S. Domestic Threats to Democracy
A new report warns that the erosion of democratic practices and norms in the United States poses risks to investors.
ISSB Will Assume TCFD Oversight Responsibilities

The ISSB will assume the disclosure oversight responsibilities currently held by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, following a request from the Financial Stability Board (FSB) last week.
Record Number of Shareholder Proposals Receive Majority Support in Japan
A record number of shareholder proposals received majority support this proxy season in Japan. In June, 21 of 385 proposals considered at 90 annual meetings received more than 50% of the votes cast, according to a new report by shareholder activism and advisory firm Nanahoshi Management.