Corporate Governance

Publications

Proposed New Disclosures for Mutual Fund Advisers
Bernard Sharfman

According to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) release establishing the Proxy Voting Rule, an investment adviser “is a fiduciary that owes each of its clients duties of care and loyalty…

Submission in advance of Staff Roundtable on the Proxy Process (Proxy Advisors)
Bernard Sharfman

This submission is in response to Chairman Clayton’s July 30 press release announcing a staff roundtable on the proxy process and calling for submissions from interested parties. It refers in…

Submission in advance of SEC Staff Roundtable on the Proxy Process
Bernard Sharfman

This submission is in response to Chairman Clayton’s July 30 press release announcing a staff roundtable on the proxy process and calling for submissions from interested parties. It refers in…

The agency costs of agency capitalism and corporate law
Bernard Sharfman

The Main Street Investors Coalition is the first organization trying to deal with a relatively new phenomenon that Ronald Gilson and Jeffrey Gordon call the “agency costs of agency capitalism.”…

, Liberty and Law
Senator Warren: America’s newest corporate raider?
Philip Wallach

Last week, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced the Accountable Capitalism Act, a fully drafted plan that would introduce federal supervision of the country’s large corporations and…

, Conference Board Blog
Dual class share voting versus the “empty voting” of mutual fund advisors’
Bernard Sharfman

From time to time I am asked to explain how I can support the disproportionate voting found in dual class shares while at the same time strongly criticizing the “empty voting” of mutual fund…

, Barron's
Fixing capitalism
Alex J. Pollock

In “A Radical Proposal for Improving Capitalism” (Other Voices, June 16), Eric A. Posner and E. Glen Weyl repeat the venerable observation of Adolph Berle and Gardiner Means (in The Modern…

Standing up for the retail investor
Bernard Sharfman

A new shareholder advocacy group has been formed, the Main Street Investors Coalition. The Coalition aims to mitigate the adverse effects created by the concentration of shareholder voting…

, Bloomberg Law
Group billed as advocate for Main Street takes on fund giants
Media Coverage

From Bloomberg Law:
“I’m worried about not just how they vote but how they engage companies and how they use their economic power in the political arena,” said Bernard Sharfman, who leads the…

, Virginian-Pilot
Leading national associations announce launch of first-of-its-kind investor coalition
Media Coverage

From The Virginian-Pilot:
Chairing the advisory committee is Prof. Bernard Sharfman, who has

written and lectured extensively on this specific set of issues for years.

Prof. Sharfman is a…