Empirical evidence of long-termism and shareholder activism in UK unit trusts

Aris Solomon, Jill Frances Solomon

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    In this paper, we assess the impact of recent reforms in UK corporate governance, focusing specifically on aspects of the reforms which apply to unit trust managers, a major group of institutional investors, and their investee companies. We canvass the views of UK unit trust managers to shed light on three issues: the extent of shareholder activism by UK unit trusts; the extent to which longer and stronger decision and communication links are being forged between investment institutions and their investee companies, and; the emerging controversy over whether or not these recent reforms represent a help or a hindrance for unit trust managers. The empirical findings indicate that unit trusts: are active shareholders, developing and using written voting policy documents; are encouraging the development of longer and stronger links with their investee companies, and; have welcomed corporate governance reforms.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)288-300
    Number of pages13
    JournalCorporate Governance
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Jul. 1999


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