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Does Mandated Unbundling Deprive Stockholders The Right To Vote On The Whole?

A forthcoming academic paper looks for bundling in more than 1,500 management proposals between 2003 and 2012.  Bundling occurs when multiple matters are combined into a single proposal.  The authors, James Cox, Fabrizio Ferri, Colleen Honigsberg, and Randall Thomas, conclude that bundling occurs far more frequently than had been suggested by prior studies.  They recommend that the Securities…

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What’s The Matter With The SEC’s Unbundling Interpretation?

Rule 14a-4 requires, among other things, that a form of proxy “identify clearly and impartially each separate matter intended to be acted upon, whether or not related to or conditioned on the approval of other matters, and whether proposed by the registrant or by security holders.”  This language was part of the SEC’s 1992 proxy…

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