How has the enforced change in working environments brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic affected the functioning of corporate actions and company meetings? In the first of a two-part analysis, Richard Schwartz explores the scope of the challenge that issuers and their service providers are facing.
By common consent, the area of corporate actions is one of the laggards in industry efforts to standardise and automate all aspects of post-trade securities processing. While the implications for any one event may be limited, inefficiency costs in aggregate.
Corporate actions and proxy voting is rarely viewed as a high priority for asset managers and trading firms. But if they only knew what they were missing out on, maybe they would take a bit more notice.