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Is a Regulation of Proxy Advisers needed in Switzerland?

Proxy adviser have now come to play an important role for listed companies in Switzerland with a significant free float. The breadth of the phenomenon is relatively recent and coincided with the enactment and entry into force of the Ordinance against Excessive Compensation for listed companies (OaEC; Verordnung gegen übermässige Vergütungen in börsenkotierten Unternehmen (VegüV)), which mandates, inter alia, a binding shareholder resolution on say on pay. The increased power of proxy advisers also gives rise to some concerns and to the question of how to address them.

By Thomas U. Reutter (Reference: CapLaw-2015-16)