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Heading Towards to Ravenous ESG Demands on Net-Zero and Natural Capital – Apr 2022


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Escalating and ubiquitous expectations on climate change are now calling for hard actions – gone are the days of boilerplate statements and gentle nudging. This February, BlackRock Investment Stewardship (BIS) published its engagement priorities encompassing five topics, where one of which is climate and natural capital.     Download Now

2022 Proxy Season Preview


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The 2022 proxy season is now underway and once again environmental and social (E&S) issues are front and center. Filings of E&S resolutions—at over 500—have already exceeded the 2021 level though the emphasis has shifted to racial justice and carbon emissions management as the two predominant themes(Table 1). These and other topics are covered in …

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SPAC Fundamentals: How Do Investor Intelligence and Proxy Solicitation Help?


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There have been 882 special purpose acquisition companies (SPAC) listed in the US market in the year 2021. The US$162 billion raised in 2021 is more than double the yearly average for the same period the previous year. As a result of the successful SPAC in the US market, we see significant opportunities in Asia. …

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SPAC Fundamentals: How Do Investor Intelligence and Proxy Solicitation Help? (Chinese Language Version)


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There have been 882 special purpose acquisition companies(SPAC) listed in the US market in the year 2021. The US$162 billion raised in 2021 is more than double the yearly average for the same period the previous year. As a result of the successful SPAC in the US market, we see significant opportunities in Asia.   …

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State Street Global Advisors 2022 Policy Updates


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In his annual letter to portfolio companies, State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) CEO Cyrus Taraporevala outlined SSGA’s stewardship and proxy voting agenda for 2022 which will primarily focus on climate change and board and workforce diversity. A summary of the changes can be downloaded at the link below:   Download Now

Vanguard 2022 Policy Updates


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Vanguard recently released its voting policy updates, which will be effective on March 1, 2022. While most of the changes are clarifications, some key points are outlined in the below:   Download Now

BlackRock 2022 Voting Policy Updates


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This week, BlackRock released its 2022 US Proxy Voting Guidelines and a summary of the 2022 policy updates. These changes, which are mostly incremental in nature, continue the investment manager’s focus on ESG-related items and aim to increase the robustness of corporate disclosures. A summary of the changes can be found in our newsletter, which …

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2022 Proxy Advisor Policy Updates


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Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis recently released their updated U.S. voting guidelines, which take effect for annual meetings on or after Jan. 1,2022 (Glass Lewis) and annual meetings on or after Feb. 1, 2022 (ISS).[1]  The proxy advisors also announced several updates that will be implemented in 2023 following a one-year transition period. …

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Gilbert Tam Joins Alliance Advisors as Vice President of Business Development, Hong Kong and China


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Alliance Advisors is pleased to announce that Gilbert Tam has joined Alliance’s Hong Kong team as Vice President of Business Development, Hong Kong and China. Ted Wallace, Head of Alliance’s APAC Division says, “Gilbert is an outstanding appointment as we extend the influence of our services across Greater China. His extensive experience and contribution to …

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BlackRock to Expand Clients’ Proxy Voting Choices


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Last week BlackRock sent their clients a letter detailing the firm’s plan to expand proxy voting choices for certain clients. Beginning in 2022, BlackRock is taking the first in what it called “a series of steps to expand the opportunity for clients to participate in proxy voting decisions.” The new voting options will “first be …

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