Commonsense Principles 2.0: A Blueprint for U.S. Corporate Governance?

On October 18, 2018, over twenty prominent executives, representing some of America’s largest corporations, pension funds and investment firms, came together to sign Commonsense Principles 2.0. The signatories include, among other noteworthy individuals, Warren Buffett, Jamie Dimon and Larry Fink. The Commonsense Principles 2.0 are an updated version of the Commonsense Corporate Governance Principles launched in July 2016. While many of the recommendations have remained the same, there are significant changes as well, including in the areas of director elections, shareholder engagement, shareholder rights and the role and responsibilities of investors, including in the proxy voting process. Moreover, the updated principles are not only intended for public companies and their boards of directors, but also for their institutional shareholders – both asset managers and asset owners. Key recommendations from the Commonsense Principles 2.0 are discussed in our Alert.

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