Can Adverse Effects of Private Management-Investor Meetings Be Mitigated by Board Independence?

Private meetings between management and investors (site visits) occur worldwide and are generally held at corporate headquarters with invited investors and sell-side analysts.  Ng and Troianovski (WSJ, 2015) report that U.S. investors spend $1.4 billion a year for face time with executives.  In-house meetings differ from other management-investor interactions such as investor conferences and analyst or investor days in that they are generally not publicized in advance and their content may never become public unless hosting firms are required to publish the meeting details by regulation.  While private meetings between investors and corporate management are common in the U.S., these … Read more