Location: New York, New York, UNITED STATES
Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2013
1356 Broadway @ 36th Street
New York, New York 10018
The media, the government and the courts are scrutinizing corporate governance practices more closely than ever. It’s time to recognize the companies and the people who shine in that area. Maybe you know a team that has navigated difficult circumstances in the last year. Maybe there’s a company whose corporate governance is consistently excellent. Maybe an individual has shown great achievement, either as a newcomer or as a life devotee. You can nominate any of them for one or more awards and their efforts will be judged impartially by industry experts. They will then have the chance to be short-listed for the coveted awards and have their best practices celebrated. Have a say in who we honor this year – nominate your colleagues, your clients or your peers now!
American Stock Transfer & Trust Company provides comprehensive stock transfer and employee plan services to over 2,800 public companies and maintains approximately 6,000 issues. AST’s clients are located throughout the United States and in over 22 foreign countries, ranging in size from initial public offerings to Fortune 100 companies. Founded in 1971 and headquartered in New York, AST provides clients with customized solutions along with access to the best systems, services, processes and products available today — around the globe.
For more information about AST, visit www.amstock.com or contact us at 888-267-8625.
Broadridge combines innovation and intelligence to deliver efficient, cost-effective proxy, transfer agent, and investor communications solutions. Since 1987, we’ve built our business to leverage new technologies and support our clients in meeting changing regulatory requirements. Our sophisticated solutions combined with our unequalled knowledge of the regulatory landscape help ensure our clients’ communications and disclosure practices are efficient and promote best practices in communications with all shareholders.
Our unsurpassed data management capabilities drive efficiency in proxy, transfer agent, disclosure and investor communication solutions. We leverage these capabilities to bring to market the industry’s most sophisticated electronic communication tools. For example, Mobile ProxyVote.com, Virtual Shareholder Meeting and Shareholder Forum. Responding to regulatory change, client need and our innovative spirit, Broadridge has defined and continually redefines the investor communication process.
Only Broadridge can deliver integrated, end-to-end solutions – from proxy distribution and voting services to investor communication services – to clients around the world. We connect with 99% of all bank and broker back offices across North America, and Broadridge can facilitate communication between issuers and all of their beneficial shareholders.
We provide leading issuers, mutual fund companies and intermediaries with sophisticated solutions that deliver the best value in proxy and continuous disclosure communications, and provide the foundation for good governance.
Efficiency. Reliability. Best practices. That’s the value of Broadridge.
To learn more, visit www.broadridge.com
About Computershare Limited (CPU)
Computershare (ASX:CPU) is a global market leader in transfer agency and share registration, employee equity plans, proxy solicitation and stakeholder communications. We also specialize in corporate trust services, tax voucher solutions, bankruptcy administration and a range of other diversified financial and governance services.
Founded in 1978, Computershare is renowned for its expertise in data management, high volume transaction processing, payments and stakeholder engagement. Many of the world’s leading organizations use these core competencies to help maximize the value of relationships with their investors, employees, creditors, members and customers.
Computershare is represented in all major financial markets and has over 10,000 employees worldwide.
For more information, visit www.computershare.com
Georgeson Inc. is the world’s leading provider of strategic proxy and corporate governance advisory services to corporations and shareholder groups working to influence corporate strategy. For over half a century, Georgeson has specialized in complex solicitations such as hostile and friendly acquisitions, proxy contests and takeover defenses. In 2010, Georgeson was the No. 1 proxy solicitor for M&A transactions worldwide. The firm also provides issuers with expertise in corporate events solutions such as post-merger unexchanged holder programs and information agent services. For more information, visit www.georgeson.com.
Over 2,300 boards and 46,000 individual directors, executives and administrators worldwide rely on Diligent Board Member Services, Inc. to speed and simplify how board materials are produced, delivered and reviewed. Providing the world's most widely used secure board portal, Diligent has pioneered ease of use, stringent security, and superior training and support since 2001. The Diligent Boardbooks secure iPad app takes board communications to the next level. For administrators, board meetings are easier to manage. No printing, no laptops, not even a WiFi connection are needed. Because the app runs with full features offline – in airplane mode, en route to the board meeting, and in the boardroom – directors and executives come prepared with everything they need already loaded on their iPads. With a 97% client retention rate, Diligent knows what drives successful board portal adoption. Couple this with service that consistently delights our clients, and security that exceeds industry standards, and you’ll begin to see why so many companies worldwide choose Diligent.
EMC Corporation is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing. Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset — information — in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way. Information about EMC’s products and services can be found at www.emc.com.
Gibson Dunn is a consistently recognized leader in representing companies ranging from start-up ventures to multinational corporations in all major industries in litigation, corporate, regulatory and transactional matters. Our offices and practice groups work together seamlessly to ensure efficient service to our clients. Our clients benefit from Gibson Dunn’s network of over 1,000 attorneys located in 17 offices across major financial centers of North and South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The American Lawyer ranked Gibson Dunn 4th on its 2011 A-List of the nation's law firm elite. The AmLaw A-List rankings are determined by financial performance, associate satisfaction, commitment to pro bono and diversity. The resulting 20 A-List law firms are considered to be the most elite law firms in the country by The American Lawyer.
Gibson Dunn has one of the leading corporate governance practices in the country. Our corporate governance expertise is consistently acknowledged by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, the Guide to the World’s Leading Corporate Governance Lawyers and the International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers. We provide advice on a broad array of corporate governance-related matters, including composition, procedures and responsibilities of boards of directors and their committees, charter and bylaw provisions, analysis of director independence and fiduciary duty issues, D&O indemnification and insurance issues, dealing with institutional shareholders, and the implementation of the requirements of the Dodd-Frank Act.
Gibson Dunn ranked 11th in Corporate Board Member magazine’s annual list of America's Best Corporate Law Firms, which lists the top 25 corporate firms based on the votes of 333 directors. The firm also ranked Gibson Dunn fifth in the same publication’s 2011 annual GC Top 25 Law Firms survey, based on a survey of 128 general counsels asked to name the outside law firms they most admire.
The Laurel Hill Advisory Group is the only independent provider of Shareholder Communication and Corporate Governance Advisory services in North America. Our team of knowledgeable and experienced professionals gives our clients access to first rate cross border capabilities that specialize in Annual Meeting Solicitation, Information Agent services, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Actions, Special Meeting Solicitation and Shareholder Asset Recovery Programs. We also afford our clients with the most comprehensive Corporate Governance and Risk Assessment Consulting available anywhere.
Customer Relationship Management is paramount in our organization. We are here to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. Feel free to call us anytime at 1-888-742-1305 or visit us at Laurelhill.com
MacKenzie Partners, Inc. is a full-service proxy solicitation, investor relations and corporate governance consulting firm specializing in mergers-and-acquisitions related transactions. The firm has offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Palo Alto and London.
MacKenzie's services include corporate governance consulting, securityholder solicitations, information agent services for tender and exchange offers, beneficial ownership identification, market surveillance and associated financial, investor and media relations services. We work in close partnership with our client's attorneys, investment bankers and other consultants, providing advice and counsel at each stage of the transaction.
The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) is the only membership organization focused exclusively on advancing exemplary board leadership. Based on 35 years of experience, NACD identifies, interprets, and provides insights and information that corporate board members rely upon to make sound strategic decisions, confidently confront complex business challenges, and enhance shareowner value. With more than 13,000 corporate director members, NACD provides world-class director education, director training, and proprietary research about leading boardroom and corporate governance practices to promote director professionalism and bolster investor confidence. Furthermore, to create more effective and efficient corporate boards, NACD provides independent board evaluations and custom-tailored in-boardroom education and training programs, as well as director-led conferences, forums, and peer-exchange learning opportunities to share ideas about current and emerging issues. Fostering collaboration among directors and governance stakeholders, NACD is shaping the future of board leadership. To learn more about NACD, visit www.NACDonline.org. To join, please contact Kelly Dodd at email@example.com or 202-380-1891.
Expanding upon our unrivaled, transformative trading technology, NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions powers global business communications. From investor relations, to corporate communications, to governance, NASDAQ OMX is the first and only exchange dedicated to owning and operating Corporate Solutions that help public and private companies worldwide minimize risk, maximize efficiency, and increase transparency.
With reporting requirements and regulations becoming more stringent, the governance professional’s job has become increasingly critical. Through NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions Governance tools, employees and management have access to the tools unique to their governance role. Our governance solutions bring your board into the twenty first century by completely automating the process into a single, secure web-based platform.
Okapi Partners LLC is a strategic proxy solicitation and investor response firm providing a full range of solicitation and information agent services, as well as related consultation and advice to our clients. We represent listed companies, mutual funds and investors, providing our clients with superior service, established industry relationships and outstanding execution capabilities. For more information, please visit us at www.okapipartners.com
The Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, Inc. (the "Society"), founded in 1946 as the American Society of Corporate Secretaries, has over 3,000 members representing public, private and non-profit organizations. Our members are responsible for supporting their boards of directors and executive management in governance matters; managing SEC, stock exchange and state corporate law compliance; facilitating shareholder communications on goverance, and shareholder engagement; handling annual meetings; maintaining subsidiaries; and more.
The Society acts as a positive force for enlightened corporate governance and changed its name to the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals in January 2005 to demonstrate the importance it places on this key mission.
The Society comments regularly on proposed and existing rules and regulations of governmental agencies and other bodies, and occasionally on legislative matters in areas of particular interest to members. It also promotes and assists in the voluntary exchange of information and experience relating to the duties, problems, and practices of corporate secretaries and their companies through the Society's committees, chapters, publications and research, and its seminars and conferences.
For further information please contact the Society at 212-681-2000 or www.governanceprofessionals.org
Since 1929, Wells Fargo Shareowner Services has been the stock transfer division of Wells Fargo & Co. We serve more than 850 issuers and over 8.2 million shareholders. We provide best-in-class service through a rigorous process of quality and balancing controls as illustrated by our consistent, top rankings in industry surveys. We offer the complete array of agency services available in the marketplace.
For more information, please contact William Milbauer at 651-450-4061 or William.t.Milbauer@wellsfargo.com.