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The Role of Institutional Investors in Voting: Evidence from the Securities Lending Market


Reena Aggarwal


Georgetown University - Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business

Pedro A. C. Saffi


University of Cambridge

Jason Sturgess


DePaul University

December 7, 2012

Georgetown McDonough School of Business Research Paper No. 2012-07

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We use a unique setting to examine the role of institutional investors in influencing firm-level corporate governance through proxy voting. Using a comprehensive proprietary data set from the equity lending market, we find that institutional investors restrict or call back their loaned shares prior to the record date in order to exercise their voting right. We find higher recall for firms with weaker corporate governance, weaker performance, higher institutional ownership, and when antitakeover or compensation proposals are on the ballot. The recall is most pronounced for contentious events such as proxy fights, mergers, negative changes in ISS’s recommendation, and close votes in the previous year. Examining the subsequent vote outcome, we find higher recall to be associated with fewer FOR votes for management and more FOR votes for shareholder proposals. The influence of proxy advisory firm ISS is also evident in voting outcome. If ISS opposes management then we find the higher recall to be associated with less FOR votes for the proposal. We find an increase in borrowing demand on the record date, however there is no relation between borrowing demand and voting outcome. Our results indicate both that corporate governance is important to institutional investors and that the proxy process is an important channel for corporate governance.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 59

Keywords: Proxy Voting, Securities Lending, Institutional Investors

JEL Classification: G32, G34, G38

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Date posted: October 9, 2010 ; Last revised: February 16, 2013

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Aggarwal, Reena and Saffi, Pedro A. C. and Sturgess, Jason, The Role of Institutional Investors in Voting: Evidence from the Securities Lending Market (December 7, 2012). Georgetown McDonough School of Business Research Paper No. 2012-07. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1688993 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1688993

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Reena Aggarwal (Contact Author)
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Pedro A. C. Saffi
University of Cambridge ( email )
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Jason Sturgess
DePaul University ( email )
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Chicago, IL 60604
United States
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