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Monthly Archives: June 2015

Success by dint of hard work

The current spate of regulator- imposed sanctions in the financial sector and, more widely, missed earnings projections have caused the spotlight to fall once again on corporate governance and, in particular, on the role of the non-executive director.

Corporate Governance Challenges Facing Southeast Asia

Numerous studies have shown that investors have greater confidence in companies with good corporate governance and more generally in markets that are backed by sound legal and regulatory regimes. For example, one regional study showed that both firm-level governance improvements and country-level investor protections in Asia can lead to reductions in the cost of capital (The University of Hong Kong, 2003). Yet comparisons across the six primary ASEAN markets – Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – reveal a significant asymmetry of governance standards and practices.

Shareholder Activism in Europe in 2015

With 203 publicly active activists, last year saw the rate of activity almost triple over the past four years. And with a call for change continuing to permeate the current climate, these numbers only look set to rise over the course of 2015.

A decade of corporate sustainability at the JSE

The sustainability discourse, underpinned by the growing concern that the Earth’s bio capacity has been overshot due to excessive consumptive patterns and manufacturing practices, has gained more and more prominence over the years.

Financial Stability Board links executive compensation and conduct

The report from a recent Financial Stability Board (FSB) event on compensation reflects the growing interest by regulators in many jurisdictions that financial institutions also take non-financial factors into account when determining executive compensation. It also shows that this concern is becoming more concrete in terms of so-called ‘conduct risk’ and as regards the direct role that risk management and other control functions are expected to play in the workings of a company’s compensation system.

2015 Trends and Insights: Activism in Canada

The Canadian corporate landscape has long been dominated by passive investors. However, recent years have seen a steady growth of shareholder activism in Canada, spurred by a growing reputation as a friendly place for activists.

Transition in Leadership: Transparency Reigns

Perhaps the most important responsibility of a board of directors is to monitor and evaluate chief executive officer performance. Important features of CEO transitions at S&P 500 companies have remained remarkably stable across the past 15 years. From year to year, the typical departing CEO is 61 years old, has served in that role for roughly nine years and is replaced by a senior executive who is 52 years old and has worked at the company for about 15 years.

Improving Standards in Spain

Spanish companies are primarily regulated by the Companies Law, approved by Royal Legislative Decree 1/2010 of 2 July (the Companies Law 2010), which sets out the rules for all limited liability companies, including a section with specific rules for listed companies. A new law entered into force in December 2014 amending the Spanish Companies Law with the goal of improving corporate governance.

eDiscovery: Best Practices in Global Financial Services Organisations

An effective in-house eDiscovery function is essential in addressing the challenges faced by global financial services organisations. Knowing which processes are supported better by internal resources and which should be outsourced is key to building a scalable and cost-efficient, end-to-end eDiscovery service.

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