1. Articles from The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance

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    1. Sustainability and ESG: The Governance Factor and What It Means for Businesses

      Sustainability and ESG: The Governance Factor and What It Means for Businesses

      Corporate governance has long been a focal point for large corporates, listed companies and regulated entities, with numerous studies connecting good corporate governance with higher profitability. However, as the March 2021 effective date of the EU’s Sustainability-Related Disclosure Regulation approaches, corporate governance is becoming increasingly important to companies of all sizes. This is, in part, due to investee companies needing to follow good governance practices, as a baseline, in order to be classified as a “sustainable investment...

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    2. Biden In the Boardroom

      Biden In the Boardroom

      A Biden Administration can be expected to have a notable impact on corporate governance, both through specific proposals and by how its policies influence state legislation, “best practices” formulation and board conduct. During the long presidential campaign, progressive candidates floated several proposals with significant potential impact on corporate governance, including the Accountable Capitalism Act, the Ending Too Big to Jail Act and the Corporate Executive Accountability Act...

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    3. ISS Updates its Voting Policies

      ISS Updates its Voting Policies

      On November 12, Institutional Shareholder Services (“ISS”) published its annual policy updates in its 2021 global proxy voting guidelines, which are effective for shareholder meetings held on or after February 1, 2021. Social and environmental issues, board diversity, shareholder litigation rights and COVID-19 recovery era policies emerged as ISS’ main areas of focus for its policy updates...

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    4. When That Problematic Board Member Just Won’t Leave

      When That Problematic Board Member Just Won’t Leave

      Sometimes a corporate director who’s the main source of a company’s reputational problems is the last one to recognize it. That’s why, in order to protect the company from unwanted controversy and reputational harm, boards benefit from discreet tools to remove problematic officers and directors before their terms are up, and without going through a formal removal process...

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    5. ESG Management and Board Accountability

      ESG Management and Board Accountability

      In the world of corporate governance and proxy voting, 2020 has been a remarkable year, not only because annual general meetings took place in the midst of a global pandemic that forced the abrupt transition to a virtual proxy season, but also because this year marked the beginning of the new decade at a time when companies and investors experience a major shift in how they engage on the topic of corporate governance...

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    6. Shareholders’ Rights & Shareholder Activism 2020

      Shareholders’ Rights & Shareholder Activism 2020

      As life dramatically changed in 2020, so did shareholder rights. In the United States, we witnessed a dramatic and substantial change to how companies conduct annual meetings, a reignited debate on the purpose of the corporation, new defensive strategies for companies, as well as a reshaping of the shareholder activist model, as some activists adopted tactics historically associated with private equity. Below we note some of the major developments that took place over the past year...

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    7. Proposed HSR Rule Change Would Benefit Activists

      Proposed HSR Rule Change Would Benefit Activists

      On September 21, 2020, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) published a notice of proposed rulemaking that would, among other things, create a new de minimis exemption under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1986 (the “HSR Act”), which subjects proposed acquirers of an issuer’s voting securities to notification, filing and waiting period requirements...

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    8. CEO Leadership: Navigating the New Era in Corporate Governance

      CEO Leadership: Navigating the New Era in Corporate Governance

      At the end of 2019 (which now seems so long ago), my book CEO Leadership: Navigating the New Era in Corporate Governance was published by The University of Chicago Press. My target audience is current and future CEOs and board members, those who advise them and those who teach law and business school students who aspire to those positions...

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    9. On the Purpose and Objective of the Corporation

      On the Purpose and Objective of the Corporation

      As we approach the first anniversary of the Business Roundtable’s abandonment of shareholder primacy and embrace of stakeholder governance, and the fourth anniversary of our development for the World Economic Forum of The New Paradigm: A Roadmap for an Implicit Corporate Governance Partnership Between Corporations and Investors to Achieve Sustainable Long-Term Investment and Growth, we thought it useful to consider in broader context the key issues of corporate governance and investor stewardship today...

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    10. Legal Liability for ESG Disclosures

      Legal Liability for ESG Disclosures

      Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) issues have become increasingly important over the past few years, and evaluating a company’s ESG disclosures has become a key tool used by many investors in making investment and engagement decisions. Many companies are, with increasing frequency, publishing ESG reports on their websites and incorporating ESG disclosure into mandatory filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission...

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