How Conflicts of Interest Thwart Institutional Investor Stewardship
Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, pp. 481-482, September 2011
2 Pages Posted: 11 Sep 2011 Last revised: 20 Sep 2011
Date Written: 2011
This article examines conflicts of interest in the investment industry and remedies to enable institutional investors to be more active on corporate governance matters. The key points are: Conflicts of interest at investment firms arise at three levels – institution, individual, and group – all of which can impede their willingness and ability to engage investee companies actively on corporate governance matters; Resolving these conflicts requires strong remedies, ranging from their elimination to outsourcing voting decisions to independent third parties to establishing the right organisational culture; If existing conflicts of interest are left unchecked, efforts to promote institutional investor stewardship will falter and the “absentee landlords” share-ownership model will likely prevail.
Keywords: Institutional investors, conflicts of interest, stewardship, corporate governance
JEL Classification: G30, G34
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