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May 17, 2018
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“All participants within the corporate outreach and investor community should work together to make more information available about annual meetings, corporate governance and other issues. As ESG matters become more important in the boardroom, for example, we think retail shareholders’ interest in voting will naturally go up and voting levels will improve with better technology.”

April 24, 2018
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“‘I like to say that it was a series of fortunate events. The beginning of 2008 was clearly not the best time to start a new firm but we charged ahead, free of conflicts and happy to take on assignments for either side of a campaign,” said Goldfarb, co-founder, CEO and president of Okapi Partners LLC in an interview with The Deal. “Looking back, it turns out that we were at the beginning of a big change in shareholder activism, corporate governance and overall engagement with investors.”

April 19, 2018
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At Exxon Mobil’s annual shareholder meeting last year, for instance, Vanguard and BlackRock’s votes helped pass a shareholder resolution that the oil giant would regularly report the effects of climate change on its business—a blatant defiance of management’s recommendation. “That marked a turning point,” says Bruce Goldfarb, CEO of the proxy solicitation firm Okapi Partners. “The large index investors had mostly voted with management on environmental matters up until then.”

February 27, 2018
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Goldfarb says institutional investors will typically still engage directly with both sides before making a decision. “Investors evaluate the message from both sides, review the track record of the activist and its nominees, as well as the board’s nominees, frequently consider research from proxy voting advisors and sell side analysts and ultimately support the side that the investor believes will create value for its investment in the company,” Goldfarb writes.

February 2, 2018
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“Based on listening to the needs of many clients and advisers, we realized that it would be beneficial for Okapi Partners to provide stock surveillance in-house,” said Goldfarb. “With Okapi Market Intelligence Group, we can provide our clients access to what stock surveillance’s services can offer but also enhance it with the work that we do and our experiences with a company and its shareholders.”