As part of the ongoing worldwide rollout of its innovation programme to promote and enable the highest standards of corporate governance in local and global markets, Broadridge Financial Solutions’ “golden copy” event sourcing and proxy vote execution service for custodians and local agents in Switzerland is now live.
The Swiss service is the latest market-ready addition to Broadridge’s fast-growing sub-custody Direct Market Solutions (DMS) product suite that can directly connect investors and issuers.
“This new local service offering for Switzerland is another market-level transformation, empowering all participants throughout the proxy voting lifecycle to transition to a more streamlined and efficient process,” says Demi Derem, GM, International Investor Communication Solutions at Broadridge. “Firms adopting our service for the Swiss market can now capitalise on straight-through processing automation, which extends their clients’ voting window while lowering overall voting costs through a mutualised shared service model.”
Broadridge’s extensive user community – global and local custodian banks, brokers, wealth managers and central securities depositories (CSDs) – can now further enhance their services provided to Swiss market investors by enabling early receipt of issuer-verified event announcements, improved deadlines for submitting votes, confirmation of votes received by the issuer or its agent, and power of attorney services for both bearer and registered shares. Issuers also benefit from a channel through which greater event information can be distributed directly to the investor, and voting transparency is enhanced as instructions can be received in a timelier manner.
Broadridge recently announced its expanded coverage for proxy processing and extended voting windows for 20 sub-custody markets in 2021, with more markets to follow in 2022 and 2023. This complements Broadridge’s existing leading global voting solutions that already provide 100 per cent coverage across 100-plus markets.