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Offices Spaces in Bangalore are Good Bet for Commercial Property Investment

The vast expanse of office spaces in Bangalore have been the biggest grosser of the city’s commercial market. Investments in this sector can turn out to be some of the best investment bets. Read on to know more.   Real Estate has always been one of the best opportunities for investments. For majority, real estate investment always implied residential property market. Does this mean that commercial segment is not really valued in terms of investments? Well, not really. Growth in commercial realty is an indicator of the development of the economy.   Major Indian cities do offer ample options in commercial...
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CFA Institute's India Investment Conference

b2ap3_thumbnail_cfa-logo.pngBy Saneil Shah 11th January, 2013 Mumbai   The India Investment Conference 2013 was kicked off by John Rogers, President and Chief Executive Officer, CFA Institute. He spoke about the lost in trust in the markets to allocate capital and risk after the global financial crisis in 2008.   The CFA Institute has recently launched Claritas Investment Certificate (learn more), which is a comprehensive global education program designed to give employees in the investment industry a clear understanding of their industry and their responsibilities within it. (DG has started a new discussion thread on Claritas in the Forum)   The conference had an impressive line of speakers and...
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Shareholder's voice gets louder

The general feeling that shareholders in India prefer to keep mum rather than voice their protests and can normally be silenced with a generous dividend seems to be changing.   Stanza 481 of the Tamil Classic Thirukkural states that “at the right opportunity, the king could succeed easily in his campaigns”. It emphasises the choice of right time and opportunity, especially by an administrator, to attain success. Shareholders appear to be thinking that this is the right time to take on corporate India and ask the management questions that could embarrass them. A few months ago, The Children Investment Fund (TCI) took...
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Shareholder rights

As a shareholder, Templeton Asset Management has raised some good questions about the Vedanta group’s consolidation plans. It is concerned that the amalgamation of Vedanta Aluminium into Sesa Goa as part of the merger plans within Vedanta Resources will create a sizeable debt overhang for Sesa Goa without bringing in any major benefit, as the two companies operate in different sectors. Since the deal was announced in February this year, there is a reasonable ground to question why it took the investor such a length of time to come up with the observations. But as Sesa Goa has called for a...
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Will UK's ‘Shareholder Spring' last?

Will Britain's so-called Shareholder Spring — the spate of investor rebellions against ultra-generous pay packages, which has already resulted in the ousting of a couple of chief executives — lead to tangible long-term change? Concern about out-of-step executive pay has rumbled under the surface for decades. Over the years, irate shareholders raising questions about huge pay settlements have been a fairly common sight at AGMs, though these were often protests by solitary agents, treated with embarrassed silence from other investors. British investors have gained a pretty passive reputation, as the Ownership Commission chaired by economist Mr Will Hutton, recently noted. “The...
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Shareholder activism: Will Infosys shareholders take lead?

Shareholder activism is common in developed markets. It is a push for shareholder friendly actions like higher dividend pay or buybacks by institutional investors like pension funds, provident funds, mutual funds, hedge funds or private equity funds. These institutional investors often own minority stakes in companies. They can collectively take a stand on (for or against) decisions taken by the management or the board of directors of a company.   A section of Infosys shareholders have called for a leadership change at the top to stimulate revenue and profit growth in the company.   Here are pointers to help you comprehend the trend:...
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UBS shareholders set to rebel over pay

(CNN) -- A significant number of investors are preparing to confront the management of UBS on Thursday by voting against the Swiss bank's 2011 pay award and denying executives formal approval of their actions. The bank's share price dropped 28 per cent last year and it lost $2.25bn in a rogue trade in London that caused the largest unauthorised trading loss on record in Britain. For the same period, the bank chose to pay 12 members of its executive board SFr70.1m ($77.1m) compared to SFr91m in the year before. That has prompted advisory groups and institutional investors including ISS, Ethos, F&C...
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ACG Boston's DealMakers 2012 M&A Outlook Conference

 

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The Association for Corporate Growth or ACG is the global community for middle market M&A dealmakers and corporate business community. The key takeaways from the DealMakers 2012 M&A Outlook Conference are summarized in this article.

 

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Shareholder group wants Vaswani Industries promoters out

MUMBAI: A battle is brewing between promoters of Raipur-based Vaswani Industries and its public shareholders. A bunch of Vaswani's shareholders, owning around 11% stake in the company, have called for an extraordinary general meeting on January 23 to remove the founders from its board. Promoters own roughly 52% in the company. The shareholders include MGF Growth Research & Investment, Decent Financial Services, Meenaben Shah, Padmaben Shah and Rajendra Jain, who have sought the removal of Ravi Vaswani, the managing director and the founder of the company, and appointment of their representative Jayshree Gangurde in his place. They will also demand the replacement of Pramod Vaswani, whole-time director...
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CFA Institute's India Investment Management Conference

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CFA Institute organized the "India Investment Management Conference 2011" at Mumbai on January 7, 2011. Renowned experts from the finance world like Abby Joseph Cohen, CFA and Professor Aswath Damodaran were part of the conference.
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