Paul Singer Talks Corporate Governance And “Business Ethics”

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Notes from The Deal Corporate Governance Conference which took place on the 7th of June, 2018. Find the previous coverage here and full notes here.

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Paul Singer

  • 70 engagements
  • Why is there a discrepancy about who you are and what you do?
  • Some of narrative driven by ideology and opposition to shareholder control and activism
  • Public capitalism vs private ownership
  • Public capitalism à spreading wealth building and ownership to whatever you want
  • Board of director selected by management, management minimal stake à upside down and no accountability
  • Drift of shareholder capitalism, away from control
  • Hard for shareholders to make a difference
  • Dispersion of power
  • Defense bar to defend against activists
  • No force to vet if management is deserving to survive challenge
  • What are your criteria for accepting and defending clients?
  • Staggered boards
  • Rather than elected every year
  • Super voting stock
  • Passive investment
  • What will be challenge for them? Making judgments on actual strategies and making money and focusing on the business
  • Movement to change on filing requirements
  • Hard to build a position and will get harder
  • Risk management and strategic position à when building a position
  • Passive investing trend is pointing one way
  • Reduction of active other direction
  • Who is going to do the work? Who incentivized to work?
  • Costs millions to hire analysts and consultants
  • Why defense brings up short termism?
  • Defense included ideology, un truth
  • Quarterly guidance should be reduced or eliminated
  • I agree, not a bad idea
  • Corporate shareholder activism, risk management
  • Citrus sticky product and wasted money acquisitions
  • 15% normalized increase over market as whole, from their activist campaign start till today
  • How do you see if someone is a good manager if they are going for social purpose?
  • Be profitable, great organization and good citizen
  • When you take other considerations à eye of beholder
  • Conceptual mess because what are you chasing in terms of social purpose
  • Defense wants to control narratives
  • People say that you dig dirt on companies to try to push your agenda

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