Governance characteristics and the market reaction to the SEC's proxy access rule

Akyol, A., Lim, W.F. and Verwijmeren, P. (2012) Governance characteristics and the market reaction to the SEC's proxy access rule. International Review of Finance, 12(2), pp. 175-195. (doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2443.2011.01134.x)

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We examine the wealth effects of the Security and Exchange Commission's ( SEC) recent proxy access rule to facilitate director nominations by shareholders. We focus on how a firm's governance characteristics affect the market reaction to the rule. We find more negative announcement effects for firms with high probabilities of being targeted by shareholders. The announcement effects of the proxy access rule are positively related to the fraction of independent directors and the ratio of non-cash-based compensation, while announcement effects are inversely correlated with board size. Our findings suggest that the marginal shareholder does not perceive the proposed rule as value increasing.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Special Issue: Governance, Policy and the Crisis: Part II
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Verwijmeren, Professor Patrick
Authors: Akyol, A., Lim, W.F., and Verwijmeren, P.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Accounting and Finance
Journal Name:International Review of Finance
ISSN (Online):1468-2443
Published Online:25 August 2011

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