Monthly Archives: April 2016

The new new era of shareholder activism

Activist investing by hedge funds hit new highs in 2015, but activism now seems to be resettling into a new era as investors are increasingly questioning the value of hedge fund interventions.

Board and management effectiveness

The importance of board effectiveness is rising at the exact same time as the pressure placed upon them is on the rise. While many boards are alive to these challenges, and undertake boardroom evaluations in order to assess their effectiveness, many have fallen short of what we have come to define as the standard for an effective board.

Building a better boardroom

If you watch boards as closely as we do, you will note a couple of current trends that are reshaping boards and the way they work: a significant need for boards to acquire new skills that enable them to meet the challenges of a dramatically shifting marketplace while they also replace the core skills that are transitioning out due to age or tenure.

Iberdrola’s proactive approach to shareholder engagement

Iberdrola has a long tradition of keeping in contact with its 600,000-plus shareholders holding hundreds of meetings with them – many face-to-face – every year offering shareholders ample choice to provide feedback beyond the AGM.

Gender diversity in the Gulf

Corporate governance was first introduced in the Middle East and North Africa by Oman, when it introduced a code of corporate governance in 2002, followed by Egypt, which developed a national governance code in 2005.

Solving the email management crisis

As someone who spent 33 years as a lawyer in the US government – a good portion of which were spent defending the White House and the archivist of the United States in waves of litigation involving email records and in developing electronic recordkeeping policies – I feel compelled to comment on Ralph’s negative perspective on the state of the US government’s email recordkeeping.

Dubai Parks and Resorts PJSC sets new heights for governance

Winning the prestigious Ethical Boardroom 2016 Award for Best Corporate Governance – Leisure and Entertainment Middle East marks an important milestone in Dubai Parks and Resorts PJSC’s corporate and governance achievements.

Omantel dials into corporate governance

Omantel is the Sultanate of Oman’s first and leading integrated telecommunications services provider, enabling its digital society to flourish by delivering a world of information, news and entertainment. We are committed to adding outstanding value to our customers and stakeholders.

RAK Insurance: Stepping up to the challenge

2015 was a challenging year for the insurance market in the United Arab Emirates. While total insurance premiums significantly rose, premium rates continued to drop. RAK Insurance’s strategy is to grow its market share by maintaining its commitment to becoming a leader in providing bespoke and differentiated products to its target market segment.

Zenith Bank: A fortress of global best practices

Zenith Bank has in 26 years grown to become one of the biggest and most profitable banks in Nigeria. Established in May 1990, the bank became a public limited company and was listed on the Nigeria Stock Exchange in 2004 following a highly successful initial public offering.

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