For companies undertaking a shareholder engagement program, it is critical to communicate not only with portfolio managers and buy-side analysts, but also with the corporate governance and proxy voting teams that make or strongly influence many of the decisions impacting today’s corporations. We assist our clients in understanding how decisions are made at each of their large investors, including the influence of any applicable proxy voting advisory firm, and in devising and executing an effective outreach strategy to these increasingly important governance-focused decision-makers. Innisfree also typically serves as primary liaison with ISS, Glass Lewis and other proxy voting advisory firms, as appropriate.
We work closely with our clients in building out the right engagement program for the situation, whether a solicitation for a shareholder meeting or a broader-focused shareholder communications effort. Innisfree is ideally positioned to prepare clients through our knowledge of the key issues that particular institutions and hedge funds focus on, as well as their voting practices and actions in other situations.