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Corporate governance

Corporate governance items, including conflicts of interest and shareholder activism.

Boards Get More Independent, but Ties Endure

Outside directors have connections to companies and executives they oversee
Original publication date: 
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 15:16

Shareholders like their corporate boards stocked with independent directors—men and women unencumbered by close ties to the company or its executives.

Icahn’s Last Chance on Dell

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 10:22

Carl C. Icahn may have given up his campaign to block Dell Inc. from going private in a vote on Thursday.

Dell’s Buyout Fate Still Hinges Mostly on Icahn

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Monday, July 22, 2013 - 15:41

Just two days out from Dell’s new deadline for counting votes on its founder’s proposed buyout, the company’s fate appears

Recent Ex-Senators Find Soft Landings on Corporate Boards

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Monday, June 24, 2013 - 15:18

Departing senators are finding that the life of an ex-lawmaker can be lucrative. In recent months, several have found spots in corporate boardroom, even if they have no direct business experience in the industries wooing them.

Estimating Ackman’s Odds of Success at His Next Target

The hedge fund manager William A. Ackman would have a pretty good shot at agitating for change at a company like ADT, according to an analysis. A company like FedEx would be a harder target.
Original publication date: 
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 14:32

As the activist investor William A. Ackman hunts for his next target, a favorite guessing game on Wall Street is to see what company he will pick next to agitate for change.

JPMorgan Works to Avert Split of Chief and Chairman Roles

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Friday, April 5, 2013 - 18:07

JPMorgan Chase is working behind the scenes to avert a major potential embarrassment.

Partners’ Stake in Goldman Sachs Rises

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Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 10:36

Lucrative Consulting Fees Reach Bigger Set

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Monday, November 19, 2012 - 19:45

When Samuel J. Palmisano retires next month, he'll enjoy a generous goodbye present: The former International Business Machines Corp. chief will earn $20,000 for any day he spends four hours advising his longtime employer.

Well-Hidden Perk Adds Up To Big Money for Executives

Deferred-Compensation Plans Give Tax Benefits, But Are Poorly Disclosed and Add to Liability
Original publication date: 
Friday, October 11, 2002 (All day)

Last year, John R. Stafford, chairman of pharmaceutical giant Wyeth, earned $1.8 million in salary. He also was awarded a $1.97 million bonus, restricted stock valued at $724,283 and 630,000 stock options.

That much shareholders can learn from glancing at the company's proxy.

Study Points to Windfall for Goldman Partners

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 21:40

Goldman Sachs executives have long been among the most richly paid on Wall Street in the best of times. They are now poised to reap a windfall that was sown in the dark days of the financial crisis in 2008.

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