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American companies have been anticipating legislation requiring shareholder votes on executive
pay for some time. Now, with the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer
Protection Act in July of 2010, most public companies will be required to provide shareholders
with a non-binding vote on their executive compensation programs, popularly known as say on
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10/25/2010

Just when you were getting used to saying “RiskMetrics,” we’re now back to “ISS.” This past June, MSCI Inc. (“MSCI”), a provider of investment decision support tools, completed its acquisition of RiskMetrics Group, Inc. (“RiskMetrics”), the parent company of Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”). As a part of this acquisition, the entity that provides governance and proxy voting guidance to institutional investors will be separated from its former parent and shall again be known as “ISS.”

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08/04/2010

On July 21, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law major financial reform legislation in the form of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.  The primary focus of this law is the restructuring of US financial system regulation.  It also includes provisions related to executive compensation and corporate governance affecting publicly traded companies. 

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07/23/2010
RiskMetrics Group (RMG) has recently introduced its new process for evaluating governance-related risk called Governance Risk Indicators (GRId). This will replace the Corporate Governance Quotient (CGQ) in March of 2010. This new tool is broader in scope than the CGQ and is intended to help investors better assess the level of governance-related risk at their portfolio companies. | Download PDF >
02/15/2010
On December 16, 2009, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted mendments to its disclosure rules related to executive compensation and corporate governance. The rule changes are intended to improve transparency and shareholder information. | Download PDF >
12/18/2009