Understanding shareholder voting behavior is especially important in the height of proxy season. Those results can shape the proposals companies put on the ballot and in some cases influence negotiated agreements company representatives might achieve with shareholder resolution proponents.
For instance, in 2015, most companies were closely monitoring proxy access proposals – would shareholders support them, and in cases where there were competing management and shareholder proposals, which would win? Many companies adjusted their proxy access strategy based on a monitoring of early voting trends.
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