April 19, 2018
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.”
April 2, 2018
“Investors want to see proactive engagement. This includes the adoption of policies, rather than waiting for shareholders to request – either directly to the company or through shareholder proposals – that companies adopt them.”
March 20, 2018
“I’ve long admired Okapi Partners for being instrumental in helping clients achieve their goals” said Ms. Higgins. “Okapi has been at the forefront of corporate governance and shareholder activism for the past several years, and its people have developed respect in the field for their collaborative work with both clients and their advisors. I’m honored to be joining their team.”
February 27, 2018
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 15, 2018
“Whether we are working for a public company on its annual meeting, an M&A campaign or engagement outreach, or advising an activist investor, understanding a company’s constantly changing shareholder composition is integral to the success of any voting campaign,” [Goldfarb] says.
February 2, 2018
“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.”
February 1, 2018
“Investor monitoring and market intelligence have always been part of Okapi Partners’ services to clients, but we are now formalizing this offering under Okapi Market Intelligence Group and adding Walt’s analytical expertise and keen eye for determining changes in share ownership,” said Bruce H. Goldfarb, President and CEO of Okapi Partners.
January 2, 2018
For the second year running, Activist Insight has named Okapi Partners as the proxy solicitor that worked on the most activist campaigns. Here president and CEO Bruce Goldfarb shares his predictions for 2018.
December 13, 2017
“This year we executed campaigns against larger targets and in defense of companies by utilizing new and innovative tools to communicate with shareholders for the benefit of our clients,” said Bruce H. Goldfarb, President and CEO of Okapi Partners. “As we always have, our team stepped up to the plate in our busiest year ever and delivered the highest quality counsel and execution our clients have come to expect.”
December 7, 2017
Activist Insight named Okapi Partners the #1 proxy firm in their December 2017 issue. Read the excerpt here.