This year marked several wins for companies that want to shield themselves from shareholders. Pension funds and others are now gearing up for a fight for investor rights.
FORTUNE – In many ways, 2012 has been the year of investor class-based perks. A few cases in point: The Facebook (FB) and Carlyle (CG) initial public offerings (IPOs), both with dual class shares; preposterous defenses of privileged share classes during Google's (GOOG) stock MOREEleanor Bloxham, CEO of The Value Alliance - Dec 6, 2012 1:30 PM ET
Including yet another management member on the bank's board -- soon to be former CFO David Viniar -- brings the total to three, an unusual move for a large public company.
FORTUNE -- When Goldman Sachs announced that it was changing CFOs last week, it also announced that it would be adding yet another insider to its board, soon-to-be-former CFO David Viniar.
Including another management member on Goldman's (GS) board, bringing the MOREEleanor Bloxham, CEO of The Value Alliance - Sep 25, 2012 5:00 AM ET
The lack of accountability during the financial crisis, which was a tear in the faith in governmental and banking institutions, is turning into a giant rip that may never be repaired. By Eleanor BloxhamEleanor Bloxham, CEO of The Value Alliance - Aug 10, 2012 2:01 PM ET
If a company is going to be great, its values have to go way beyond just a catchy slogan.
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FORTUNE -- It has been weeks now since Greg Smith's blistering public resignation from Goldman Sachs (GS). But based on Wall Street's reaction -- that Smith was a disgruntled rogue, and that it could have happened to any one of us -- it seems that perhaps the case's MOREApr 12, 2012 5:00 AM ET
The fine print of Goldman's agreement with shareholder AFSCME places weak independent board members even more under the thumb of CEO Lloyd Blankfein. By Eleanor BloxhamMar 29, 2012 11:39 AM ET
The phrase "making partner" doesn't mean what it used to, so why do young employees still shoot for that benchmark? By Shelley DuBoisShelley DuBois, writer-reporter - Mar 26, 2012 1:25 PM ET
It's serious when your CEO and company's culture have been publicly called out by both a judge and an employee in a two-week timeframe. Is Goldman's board willing to step up? By Eleanor BloxhamMar 15, 2012 12:11 PM ET
Move over, Greg Smith! About 55,000 financiers are desperate to flee the field, says a London-based job site that has set up shop in New York.
FORTUNE -- Erstwhile Goldman Sachs vice president Greg Smith's jeremiad on The New York Times' op-ed page marked a more spectacular departure than most, but Smith is hardly the only Wall Streeter who's had enough.
Escape the City -- the name refers to the City of London, MOREAnne Fisher, contributor - Mar 15, 2012 11:28 AM ET
In the merger negotiation process, El Paso's board didn't seem to have control of CEO Doug Foshee. By Eleanor BloxhamMar 7, 2012 1:56 PM ET
Some successful companies thrive on internal competition, giving many a manager the brilliant idea that they should try it at their own office. Think again. By Shelley DuBoisShelley DuBois, writer-reporter - Jan 25, 2012 12:45 PM ET
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