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    1. Shareholder activism: James Copland on 'This Week in the Boardroom'

      James Copland, director of Manhattan Institute's Center for Legal Policy discussed the release of Proxy Monitor 2012: A Report on Corporate Governance and Shareholder Activism on NYSE-Euronext's This Week in the Boardroom, a weekly on-demand webcast program "designed to educate board members and C-suite executives on topics/issues that impact their operational and strategic decisions." Reviewing the recently expanded ProxyMonitor.org database of shareholder proposals from Fortune 200 companies,

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    2. The increasing influence of activist shareholders

      Jarrett Dieterle Legal Intern, Manhattan Institute's Center for Legal Policy Activist investors, such as the infamous "corporate gadflies," have existed in one form or another for many years. Recently, however, the activist shareholder movement has grown more professional and more influential, enabling activists to target larger companies. Gradual changes in corporate governance rules have made it easier for activist investors to gain more leverage in getting their own candidates placed on compa

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