The Shareholder Forum

supporting investor access

for the informed use of capital to produce goods and services

 

The Shareholder Forum

Purpose

The Shareholder Forum provides all decision-makers – from the ultimate owners of capital to the corporate managers who use their capital, and all of the professionals in between – with reliably effective access to the information and views participants consider relevant to their respective responsibilities for the common objective of using capital to produce goods and services.

Access Policies

To provide the required investor access without regulatory constraints, the Forum developed policies and practices allowing it to function as an SEC-defined independent moderator. We also adopted well-established publishing standards to assure essential participant privacy and communication rights.

These carefully defined and thoroughly tested Forum policies are the foundation of our unique marketplace resource for clearly fair access to information and exchanges of views.

History

We have been doing this for more than two decades. The Forum programs were initiated in 1999 by the CFA Society New York (at the time known as the New York Society of Security Analysts) with lead investor and former corporate investment banker Gary Lutin as guest chairman to address the professional interests of the Society’s members.

Independently supported by Mr. Lutin since 2001, the Forum’s public programs – often in collaboration with the CFA Society as well as with other educational institutions such as the Columbia Schools of Business and Journalism, the Yale School of Management and The Conference Board – have achieved wide recognition for their effective definition of both company-specific and marketplace issues, followed by an orderly exchange of the information and views needed to resolve them.

The Forum's ability to convene all key decision-making constituencies and influence leaders has been applied to subjects ranging from corporate control contests to the establishment of consensus marketplace standards for fair disclosure, and has been relied upon by virtually every major U.S. fund manager and the many other investors who have participated in programs that addressed their interests.

Commitment

The Forum welcomes suggestions for its continuing support of fair access to the information needed by both shareholders and corporate managers.

Responding to the recent increases in investor engagement and activism, we have established a strong policy commitment to supporting corporate managers who wish to provide the leadership expected of them by assuring orderly reviews of issues. We will of course also continue to welcome the initiation of company-specific programs by shareholders concerned with the use of their capital to produce goods and services, and we naturally remain committed to addressing general marketplace interests in collaboration with educational institutions and publishers.

 

 
COMPANIES & FINANCE INTERNATIONAL: Weyerhaeuser snubbed again in Willamette fight
Financial Times; Jan 5, 2002
By ANDREW EDGECLIFFE-JOHNSON

Weyerhaeuser was frus-trated again yesterday in its 14-month pursuit of Willamette Industries after the rival forest products group rejected its Dollars 6bn takeover offer.

Shares in Willamette plunged 12 per cent to Dollars 44.15 by lunchtime after the target said it would terminate discussions on the Dollars 55 per share all-cash offer, because it was inadequate. The stock rose last month when Willamette said it would discuss the bid.

Weyerhaeuser said it "remained committed to this transaction", but repeated that Dollars 55 per share was the highest price it was prepared to offer.

The group added it would withdraw its bid if Willamette went ahead with a proposed bid for the building materials business of Georgia-Pacific, another forest products group. Willamette said it would continue negotiations with Georgia-Pacific as it believed this deal would create significant shareholder value.

Weyerhaeuser raised the prospect of extending its long proxy battle until the summer, saying it would propose another three nominees for election to Willamette's board at the next annual meeting.

It secured three seats on its rival's board at Willamette's shareholder meeting last July.

Some shareholders and corporate governance activists expressed frustration with Willamette yesterday.

Gary Lutin, an investment banker who acts as a corporate governance adviser, said: "Shareholders have the weapons to influence the outcome. The question is whether any of them have the stomach to do so."

Peter Schoenfeld, chairman of P Schoenfeld Asset Management and a Willamette shareholder, added: "Shareholders should have the opportunity to vote on the Georgia-Pacific transaction, particularly since it is in the middle of a proxy fight and a tender offer."

Copyright: The Financial Times Limited

 

 

 

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Publicly open programs of the Shareholder Forum are conducted for free participation of all shareholders of a subject company and any fiduciaries or professionals concerned with their decisions, according to the Forum’s stated "Conditions of Participation." In all cases, each participant is expected to make independent use of information obtained through the Forum, and participation is considered private unless the party specifically authorizes identification.

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