Shareholders at annual general meetings are expected to question management and board members about a number of hot topics this year, included audit firm tenure, COSO’s new internal control framework, mergers, spinoffs, cybersecurity, disaster planning and executive pay, according to BDO USA.

The accounting and consulting firm’s annual list of the top issues at annual shareholder meetings includes M&A opportunities and takeover defenses. Shareholders will want to know if management is seeking M&A opportunities and if potential targets have been properly vetted to avoid buyer’s remorse. BDO warns that boards should have contingency takeover defenses in place in case they need to fend off attacks.

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