Shareholder Voting Rights

Ride sharing startup Lyft’s move to the public market, has rekindled the issue of shareholder voting rights.  Lyft’s plan for dual-class voting shares has caught the attention of pension funds, which suggests that investors should be aware that corporate governance is not a one-man one-vote democracy. Lyft co-founders will receive 20 votes per share while … Continued

A New Challenge to Dual-Class Stock Structures

CBS’s lawsuit against National Amusements, its controlling shareholder is, among other things, a challenge to dual-class stock structures. National Amusements controls almost 80% of the voting stock in CBS, but actually owns only 10%. Dual-class stock structures are already under fire from regulators, index providers and the courts. Here at Sigma, we have consistently voted … Continued