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Frontis Governance and ECGS commented on Consob’s consultation on multiple voting rights

December 9, 2014

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Originally posted on the ECGS website Frontis Governance, the Italian partner of ECGS and first Italian proxy advisory firm, presented its comments on the new Italian legislative provisions threatening the basic principle of equality of all shareholders. Like in France, ECGS partners demonstrate their strong opposition to the introduction of multiple voting rights, as a […]

The Parliament approved (even worsening) the law on multiple voting shares: a measure to strengthen major shareholders.

September 11, 2014

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Since 20 August, date of publication on the Official Gazette, the Italian law allows listed and private companies to issue multiple voting shares. Here are the main changes, as partially amended by the Parliament.   Additional voting right: Italian listed companies may assign an additional voting right to each common share uninterruptedly held for at […]

The multiple voting structure of the new Fiat-Chrysler is a clear breach of the basic principle of equal treatment of shareholders

July 22, 2014

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At the upcoming EGM of August 1st, Fiat’s shareholders will vote on the migration of the newborn Fiat-Chrysler Group from Italy to the Netherlands. The transaction is structured as a cross-border merger of Fiat SpA with and into its Dutch subsidiary Fiat Investments NV, which will be renamed Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (“FCA”). The new […]

Telecom Italia 2013 EGM: the unusual proxy fight (not) to gain the control

December 12, 2013

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Introduction On December 20th, the shareholders of the main Italian telecommunication company, Telecom Italia, will be called to vote on the removal of all Board members. The meeting has been called upon the request of the relevant shareholder Findim SA (5%), an investment vehicle created by Mr. Marco Fossati, who strongly contests the clear conflicts […]

The Bank of Italy supports the transformation of listed cooperative banks into limited companies

June 6, 2013

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On his concluding remarks at the Bank of Italy’s annual meeting, held on may 31st, the Governor Ignazio Visco reminded the original purpose of the cooperative banks, intended as “restricted to a limited geographical area and marked by a high degree of mutuality”, underlining how such purpose may be in contrast with the status of […]

Frontis Governance’s analysis available on smarthpone and tablet: the first “app” that supports small shareholders’ rights

March 22, 2013

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For the very first time, Italian retail investors can have access to proxy advisory services Retail shareholders are the weakest link of the share ownership chain: relatively higher individual costs, lower responsiveness to market volatility, informative asymmetries and difficult access to professional services are some of the characteristics that make private investors more exposed to […]

Frontis Governance launches the new CG Rating Report

November 15, 2012

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“Corporate governance is one key element in improving economic efficiency and growth as well as enhancing investor confidence. […] Corporate governance also provides the structure through which the objectives of the Company are set, and the means of attaining those objectives and monitoring performance are determined”. (OECD Principles of Corporate Governance, 2004). An effective corporate […]