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Mar 01, 2023

Exercising shareholder democracy in corporate UK

UK retail investors are being given more of a say in their investments. But will they take up the opportunity to be more vocal?
The UK is known to be fond of the one share, one vote principle. Companies that come to market with dual-class share structures, diluting the power of investors and bolstering management control, are given a tough time by local institutions. But belief in shareholder democracy hasn’t typically extended to retail investors, most of whom hold their shares through nominee accounts run by brokers. Under UK law, the nominee is the legal shareholder, so companies aren’t required to pass information

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