What are they?
The annual general meeting - the clue is in the name. This is your once-a-year chance, even as a small shareholder, to question the company's leadership in public and vote on the retention of board directors. You may also get 'a say on pay', expressing a view on the remuneration of top executives. For as long as most can remember, AGMs have been pretty placid affairs in the great City tradition: a nod here, a raised eyebrow there, but no drama. You turned up, got your free sandwiches and went home again. But change is afoot.
Where did they come from?