Do local proxy advisors matter? - Evidence from Germany
Accounting and Business Research
41 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2018 Last revised: 25 Jun 2021
Date Written: June 30, 2021
Prior research documents that the large US-based proxy advisors, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis (GL), play an important role as information intermediaries in corporate governance worldwide. We provide initial evidence on the role of local proxy advisors, using the German setting. We analyse voting recommendations by local (IVOX) and foreign (ISS, GL) proxy advisors. First, we find that IVOX’s voting recommendations differ substantially from those of ISS and GL. Second, we observe that IVOX’s against-recommendations are significantly negatively associated with voting support. Third, we find that this association is particularly negative for voting outcomes at companies where local institutional investors hold larger stakes. Taken together, our findings suggest that the local proxy advisor IVOX considers relevant factors appreciated by local institutional investors that are distinct from factors incorporated in foreign proxy advisors’ voting recommendations.
Keywords: Proxy Advisor, Corporate Governance, Institutional Investors, Annual General Meeting, Voting Recommendations, Voting Outcomes
JEL Classification: G38, G30, G32, M40
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