Institutional Investors

Working Paper

Institutional Investors and Proxy Voting: The Impact of the 2003 Mutual Fund Voting Disclosure Regulation

This paper examines the impact on shareholder voting of the mutual fund voting disclosure regulation adopted by the SEC in 2003, using a paired sample of proposals submitted before and after the rule change. We focus on how voting outcomes relate...Read more

Martijn Cremers
Roberta Romano
01 April 2007

Hedge Fund Activism, Corporate Governance, and Firm Performance

Using a large hand-collected dataset from 2001 to 2006, we find that activist hedge funds in the U.S. propose strategic, operational, and financial remedies and attain success or partial success in two thirds of the cases. Hedge funds seldom seek...Read more

Alon Brav
Wei Jiang
Frank Partnoy
Randall Thomas
01 September 2006

Returns to Shareholder Activism: Evidence from a Clinical Study of the Hermes U.K. Focus Fund

This article reports a unique analysis of private engagements by an activist fund. It is based on data made available to us by Hermes, the fund manager owned by the British Telecom Pension Scheme, on engagements with management in companies...Read more

Marco Becht
Julian Franks
Colin Mayer
Stefano Rossi
01 December 2006

Are Foreign Investors Locusts? The Long-Term Effects of Foreign Institutional Ownership

This paper challenges the view that foreign investors lead firms to adopt a short-term orientation and forgo long-term investment. Using a comprehensive sample of publicly listed firms in 30 countries over the 2001-2010 period, we find instead...Read more

Miguel Ferreira
Pedro Matos
01 August 2016

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