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U.S. home panel considers invoice curbing dual-class inventory

NEW YORK, Oct 1 (Reuters) – A U.S. House of Representatives panel plans to debate a draft invoice requiring firms that go public with dual-class inventory to sundown the construction after seven years, in line with a duplicate of the proposed laws printed late Thursday.

Dual-class share buildings, which give some stockholders extra voting energy, are out of favor amongst buyers, however fashionable with fast-growing expertise firms. U.S. buyers have been pushing firms to desert the construction for years however have stopped wanting not investing in these companies.

The draft invoice targets newly public firms, and would grandfather in social media firms comparable to Facebook Inc (FB.O) and Snapchat father or mother Snap Inc (SNAP.N). The invoice additionally permits for the dual-class construction to stay in place for a further seven years if a majority of shareholders in every class approves it.

Shareholder advocacy group the Council of Institutional Investors wrote to the committee on Friday in help of the invoice, together with the New York State Comptroller, which oversees $268 billion in public pension cash, and the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS), with $113 billion in belongings underneath administration.

OPERS wrote within the letter that divesting from firms with dual-class inventory eliminates the “possibility of any constructive dialogue” it may have with the companies.

The invoice additionally requires firms to reveal the racial and ethnic range of their boards and government officers. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is already planning to implement the same rule.

Reporting by Jessica DiNapoli; Editing by Richard Chang

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Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., September 24, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

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