The Era of Private Ordering for Corporate Governance
Following the 2016 election, corporate governance circles have focused intently on what will happen in the nation’s capital with regard to a potential roll back of the current regulatory regime. While attention given to Congress and the SEC for the possible direction of corporate governance is not misplaced, future changes in this arena will most likely come from investors, and they have their own agenda which is very different from that of the Trump administration. Regardless of, or perhaps in response to, any changes in the U.S. governance regulatory framework, investors and groups of investors are likely to continue to push for actions and disclosures beyond what is mandated and will use the their voting power to effect change. Public companies should also anticipate increased demand for the use of metrics and related disclosures that facilitate comparison, including in non-traditional performance areas such as certain environmental, social and governance matters where investors see a strong tie to long-term value creation.
Read the full article here, as posted on the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation.