Today Alliance Trust shareholders voted to support the Board’s proposals to change the investment management arrangements and to buy out Elliot. This is surely a major win for private investors and for the stance taken by ShareSoc and the Alliance Trust Shareholder Action Group (ATSAG) which ShareSoc has supported over the last 3 years. ShareSoc wholeheartedly backed the Board’s proposals. Alliance Trust can now move forward.
But it was a close run thing as proxy advisory services who advise institutions were not happy with the buy-back. As a result only some 77% and 83% of votes were cast for the relevant resolutions and the second one required a 75% vote as it was a special resolution.
See the ShareSoc Alliance Trust campaign page for more information and a report on the Meeting: http://www.sharesoc.org/alliance.html