ROCKVILLE, Md. (April 1, 2021) — Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS), the leading provider of corporate governance and stewardship solutions to the institutional investor and corporate issuer communities, today announced it has acquired Stockholm-based Nordic Investor Services.
Founded in 2002, Nordic Investor Services is a leading regional corporate governance advisory firm, helping institutional investors navigate a variety of complex governance issues across clients’ regional and global portfolios. The firm’s proxy voting service consists of tailormade proxy voting advice and services to enable timely and informed voting at general meetings around the world. Nordic Investor Services is led by Founder & Chair Helena Levander as well as CEO Oscar Bergman and comprises full-time staff spread across functions ranging from governance analysts to client services.
“We are extremely pleased to be able to work with Helena, Oscar, and their highly talented team to build our presence in the Nordics and deliver additional expertise for clients focused on this important region,” said Lorraine Kelly, Global Head of ISS’ Governance business. “This transaction reflects our abiding commitment to clients to continue to deliver world-class corporate governance and voting solutions that now, more than ever, serve as the bedrock for successful capital stewardship programs.”
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“I am extremely proud to have built an important corporate governance advisory firm within the Nordic region,” said Levander. “The entire NIS team and I are excited to join with ISS in furtherance of providing our clients and the broader Nordic institutional investor community with expanded portfolio coverage, world-class data, and cutting-edge technology that will enhance and support their stewardship programs.”
Founded in 1985, Institutional Shareholder Services group of companies (ISS) empowers investors and companies to build for long-term and sustainable growth by providing high-quality data, analytics and insight. ISS, which is majority owned by Deutsche Börse Group, along with Genstar Capital and ISS management, is a leading provider of corporate governance and responsible investment solutions, market intelligence, fund services, and events and editorial content for institutional investors and corporations, globally. ISS operates on an arm’s-length basis and Deutsche Börse has adopted Principles protecting the independence and integrity of ISS’ research offerings. ISS’ 2,000 employees operate worldwide across more than 30 global offices in 15 countries. Its more than 4,000 clients include many of the world’s leading institutional investors who rely on ISS’ objective and impartial ESG and governance research, market intelligence and fund services and data and analytics, as well as public companies focused on ESG and governance risk mitigation as a shareholder value enhancing measure. Clients rely on ISS’ expertise to help them make informed investment decisions.
Managing Director, ISS