Shareholder voting and meetings
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As a shareholder in a company, you often have the right to vote on decisions made at shareholder meetings.
It’s your opportunity to have your say. Your voice can affect how the company is run which could impact its future performance.
You can vote on matters like whether a dividend should be paid or the overall strategy of the company. And by attending you could also get the opportunity to question the board.
Each year companies hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM) but they can also hold Extraordinary General Meetings (EGMs) when necessary. At both types of meeting ordinary shareholders can vote either in person or by giving an instruction to vote via their stockbroker.
We’ve launched a new service which will allow you to electronically provide voting instructions or confirm you’re attending a meeting for UK and EU shares in any of your HL accounts.
How to give an instruction
- Log in to your account using our website. It’s not possible to give instructions via the HL app
- Select ‘View shareholder meetings’
- View your shareholder meetings and provide an instruction
You’ll be taken to a website managed by a third party called Broadridge to complete your instruction. HL is not responsible for the content on this website.
Frequently asked questions
- What happens in shareholder meetings?
- How can I attend a meeting?
- How long after buying shares will it take before I can vote?
- If I sell my shares what happens?
- When is the deadline to give an instruction for a meeting?
- Can I amend a vote?
- How can I cancel a vote?
- Why does the same meeting appear more than once in my list?
- Can I vote on US Shares?