Navigating the Complex World

As the authority on corporate governance, we partner with public and private companies across the globe to navigate complex and routine board, investor and proxy advisory firm issues and policies. Our team has corporate governance experience and consists of former ISS, Glass Lewis and institutional investor proxy voting professionals, as well as numerous legal and regulatory experts.

We take a balanced, holistic approach to every key decision, taking into consideration relevant business goals and strategies as well as relevant data points and external standards. Specific to compensation- and talent-related governance needs, Aon’s integrated approach to client solutions allow us to leverage the firm’s knowledge and data from its global Executive Compensation and Talent solutions practices in a seamless manner — making us an efficient one-stop shop for every type of corporate governance need that could arise.

 

Aon's integrated approach

Our Suite of Services

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Proxy Advisory Firm Solutions

We assist hundreds of public companies annually in understanding their potential exposure against any relevant proxy advisory firm policies, with expertise in various proxy ballot items, including: say-on-pay proposals, incentive plan proposals, director nominee proposals, as well as compensation and E&S related shareholder proposals. Our high volume of public issuer clients from across all industries and of all sizes means that we have seen virtually every type of fact pattern and know how best to position a client’s fact patterns in engagement and disclosure to obtain the best possible outcome.

Our work typically includes:  

  • Say-on-Pay Consulting, including pay-for-performance modeling, problematic pay practices analysis, as well as drafting and disclosure review services
  • Share Plan Consulting, including share request modeling against ISS, Glass Lewis and top investor standards, as well as plan and proposal related drafting and disclosure review services
  • Proxy Graphics Consulting, including board, E&S, compensation (such as realizable pay, performance graphs, etc.) and proxy summary graphic design services
  • Annual Governance Audits, including peer and industry benchmarking services relative to various ISS, Glass Lewis and investor pressure points on compensation governance or general corporate governance concerns (including shareholder rights, board practices, E&S factors)

 

Shareholder Outreach Services

Whether it’s routine off-season engagement or engagement in anticipation of a controversial proxy ballot item, we empower our clients with the information and preparation they need to participate in an effective shareholder outreach program.

Our work typically includes:  

  • Investor intelligence consulting,including summary proxy voting guideline information, historical voting patterns, proxy advisory firm influence and suggested points of contacts at the proxy voting side of an investor
  • Talking points and strategy consulting, including suggested tailored talking points depending on the client’s specific issues and agenda, supporting data (as needed), and recommendations and coaching for suggested company- or board-related participants
  • Disclosure-related engagement consulting, including how best to message key decisions and strategies in public disclosures in a way that will best resonate with investors and proxy advisory firms

 

Regulatory and Compliance Services

It's easy for companies to lose track of the regulatory and compliance angles on key compensation and corporate governance-related decisions and activities. Aon’s holistic approach to governance ensures that we are also factoring in SEC, listing exchange, accounting and market best practice compliance approaches.

Our work typically includes:  

  • Risk assessment services,taking into account SEC, proxy advisory firm and sales incentive risks
  • Employee agreement and plan related services for private and public companies, factoring in peer market data as well as regulatory and compliance considerations
  • Inducement pool services, taking into account peer practices, and possible strategies and documentation that best fit the client's needs
  • Board evaluation services, including committee-level, individual director-level, or board-level evaluation documentation and tabulation services
  • Director education services, at both the individual and group level on general board topics or committee-specific topics

 



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