Japan’s Cosmo Calls Another Shareholder Vote in Activist Defense
17:23 JST, October 24, 2023
TOKYO (Reuters) – Cosmo Energy Holdings said on Tuesday it would call another shareholder vote on a “poison pill” takeover defense against a group of activist investors, escalating the high-profile battle.
Cosmo, however, said it will not eliminate the group, led by prominent activist Yoshiaki Murakami, from voting this time, unlike the previous vote in June.
The tactics, a so-called majority-of-minority vote, has fueled concerns among governance experts that it could be interpreted as authorizing a board to refuse to count the votes of certain unwelcome shareholders in some circumstances.
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