Institutional investors as minority shareholders

Assaf Hamdani, Yishay Yafeh

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Abstract

We examine the link between minority shareholders' rights and corporate governance by studying institutional investors' voting patterns in a concentrated ownership environment. Institutions rarely vote against insider-sponsored proposals even when the law empowers the minority. Institutions vote against compensation-related proposals more often than against related party transactions even when minority shareholders cannot influence outcomes. Potentially conflicted institutions are more likely to vote for insiders' proposals than stand-alone investors, regardless of their effect on outcomes. A plausible conclusion is that empowering minority shareholders affects the selection of proposals but not actual voting; another is that empowering minority shareholders is ineffective without addressing conflicts of interest.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)691-725
Number of pages35
JournalReview of Finance
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2013
Externally publishedYes

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