Broadridge, J.P. Morgan, Northern Trust and Santander Test Blockchain Voting

By Avi Mizrahi Apr 12, 2017 7:27 AM EST

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Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:BR), J.P. Morgan, Northern Trust and Banco Santander have announced the completion of a pilot built on an Ethereum blockchain platform to enhance proxy vote transparency and analytics. It follows the voting progress throughout the issuer’s proxy voting period, from meeting announcement date to the annual general meeting.

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“This pilot demonstrates Broadridge’s commitment to developing innovative technology solutions to enhance transparency in the global proxy voting process for the mutual benefit of all stakeholders, ultimately improving corporate governance for all,” said Vijay Mayadas, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Corporate Strategy at Broadridge. “We believe blockchain will drive increased quality and efficiency in the voting chain by reducing complexity that exists within the process today,” he added.

“We are pleased to partner with Broadridge in undertaking this innovative endeavor as we explore the use of blockchain to drive efficiencies across the custody space,” said Chris Rowland, Global Head of Custody at J.P. Morgan.

“Corporate Governance is a key focus for our custody clients and we are pleased to collaborate with Broadridge on this important initiative,’’ said Justin Chapman, Global Head of Market Advocacy & Innovation Research at Northern Trust. ‘’Providing end-to-end vote transparency using blockchain as an enabler has the potential to significantly improve the proxy voting process.”

Julio Faura, Head of the Blockchain Lab at Banco Santander, said: “After piloting this blockchain-based platform with Broadridge, we see that proxy voting makes an interesting case where distributed ledgers and smart contracts can add transparency and efficiency to financial services, to the benefit of our corporate and institutional clients.”

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