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For information about issues to be addressed at the meeting summarized below, see

Advisory Voting Model

Examples of Reasonable Information Requests

Analytical Alternatives



Second Open Meeting

of the

Shareholder Forum for Options Policies



Wednesday, March 7, 2007


3:00pm to 5:00pm


Four Seasons Hotel, Metropolitan Suite

57 East 57th Street (between Madison and Park Avenues)

New York, New York 10022


Reservations required,* 50 places to be allocated for diverse representation of marketplace constituencies

To Be Decided: Marketplace Standards


1. How should advisory voting on compensation be adapted to benefit both investor and corporate decision-makers?

2. What information is needed by investors to authorize apportionments of their equity capital to corporate managers?


  1. Advisory voting:  Stephen M. Davis will present his preliminary report to the House Committee on Financial Services for its scheduled hearings on advisory voting, and will seek the views of Forum participants on advisory voting issues to be considered in the definitive “white paper” he is preparing as a Fellow of Yale’s Millstein Center for Corporate Governance.

  2.  Investor information requests:  Participants will review questions drafted in a Forum workshop to develop examples of reasonable investor requests for information that may not be reported under new SEC rules.

  3.  Information needed for corporate and investor decisions:  Participants will review the analytical requirements of professionals to determine what factual data should be accessible to support both corporate decisions about the design of compensation plans and investor decisions about capital allocation and voting.

  4.  Principles of authorized capital allocations:  Proposed statements of principles will be developed to define conditions under which the apportionment of shareholders’ interests in their equity capital to corporate management is properly authorized.

More Information


Information about the Options Policies Forum, including its purposes and Conditions of Participation, can be found posted on its web site:

*Reservation requests and agenda suggestions may be addressed to the Forum's chairman, Gary Lutin, c/o Lutin & Company, 575 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10022 (telephone 212-605-0335; email

March 5, 2007 (revised)




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