Corporate governance in Italy: Behind the scenes

An open debate is needed between policymakers, companies and investors on best practice evolution, explains Marcello Bianchi - Deputy Director General at Assonime and Chair of Technical Secretariat, ICGC, Mateja Milič - Assonime and Staff at the ICGC

Re-evaluating shareholder voting rights in M&A transactions

With many high-profile company takeovers leading to negative returns, is it time for compulsory voting? explains Afra Afsharipour - Professor of Law and Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall Research Scholar, UC Davis School of Law

Anti-corruption and GDPR: A collision of galactic proportions

We do not have to wait long to witness the clash between the requirements of international anti-bribery laws and those of personal data protection laws, explains Alexandra Wrage & Illya Antonenko - Alexandra is the President and Founder and Illya is Privacy Counsel at TRACE International

Changing times

A reformation of the board’s sustainability landscape is nigh, writes Helen Pitcher OBE - Chairman, Advanced Boardroom Excellence

Corporate governance codes: Not an end in themselves

National authorities need to actively review legislation to understand how rules are applied in practice, writes Gian Piero Cigna, Milot Ahma & Pavle Djuri of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

In pursuit of effective corporate governance

Getting to the root of some of the problems that beset boards will lead to more rigorous guidance and help achieve better outcomes, explains Dr Peter R. Crow CMInstD - Acknowledged expert on strategy, corporate governance and board effectiveness

The path to robust non-financial information

Key questions non-execs need to ask on their journey to assurance, explains Richard Karmel - Partner, Mazars LLP

Boardroom diversity critical for institutional investors

Never has diversity on boards been such a widely discussed topic, yet promises to investors are still so often ignored, explains Raj Tulsiani - Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Green Park

Governance policy in Japan: Kicking the can down the road?

Companies may no longer think they can ignore corporate governance, but there is still a lackadaisical approach to implementation, explains Nicholas Benes - Nicholas proposed Japan’s Corporate Governance Code and is Representative Director of The Board Director Training Institute of Japan

Social media and shareholder activism

Activists are increasingly turning to digital and social networking platforms to get their message out during proxy campaigns, explains Steve Wolosky, Andrew Freedman and Ron S. Berenblat - Members of Olshan Frome Wolosky’s Activist & Equity Investment Group

Global audit committee issues in 2018

Risk management is one of the biggest concerns for audit committees, boards and their companies in the year ahead, explains Timothy Copnell - Chairman of KPMG’s UK Audit Committee Institute

ISO 37001: A year on

Getting certified does not guarantee an organisation’s full commitment nor any type of immunity, explains Michele La Neve - Managing Partner at Whitecotton Law International

Strengthening governance during crisis

Five reasons to prioritise corporate governance in fragile and conflict-affected markets, writes Merima Zupcevic Buzadzic - IFC’s Corporate Governance Lead for the Europe and Central Asia region

The new rise of ESG

Engagement, activism and passive investment are converging around environmental, social and governance issues, writes Abe M. Friedman - Chief Executive Officer, CamberView Partners

To speak or not to speak?

When does corporate silence fail the public? explains Professor John Coffee is the Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law at Columbia University Law School and Director of its Center on Corporate Governance

Shareholder primacy: Is this concept fit for purpose?

Organisations want an equilibrium between the legitimate interests of shareholders, stakeholders and controlling owners of companies, explains George Dallas - Policy Director at the International Corporate Governance Network

Ethical Boardroom Winter 2018

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Enel: Powering its way to strong governance

Europe’s largest power utility focusses on creating value for stakeholders by raising sustainability standards, explains Fabio Bonomo - Head of Enel’s Corporate Affairs Department

Good governance ‘pays’

Does good governance and board engagement create value for shareholders? At Nestlé there is more and more evidence for it, writes David Frick - Member of the Executive Board and Secretary to the Board, Nestlé S.A.

Gearing for GDPR

The simple lack of a policy audit trail could cost dearly from May 2018, explains Julian Roberts - Chief Executive Officer, EssentialSkillz Ltd