The Wates Corporate Governance Principles for Large Private Companies

The FRC has issued the first in-depth assessment of the quality of reporting from private companies who have chosen to follow the Wates Principles. The report, which was conducted with the University of Essex, shows that the Wates Principles are the most widely adopted corporate governance code used by large private companies.

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Terms of Reference: Lord Hill’s review on listings

The UK has regained full responsibility for its financial services rulebook, allowing it to tailor requirements to the needs of British companies, investors and markets. An independent review has been commissioned that will gather evidence and make recommendations to the Government and UK regulators on how to encourage more high-quality UK equity listings and public…

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Restoring trust in audit and corporate governance

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has launched its white paper to reform the UK’s audit, corporate reporting and corporate governance system. This is the response to the three independent reviews by Sir John Kingman, Sir Donald Brydon and the Competition and Markets Authority. It includes measures to enhance the quality of…

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Improving the quality of ‘comply or explain’ reporting

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has issued advice for companies on how to report transparently and effectively when departing from certain provisions of the UK Corporate Governance Code. ‘Tick-box compliance’ continues to be preferred over high quality reporting of good governance practice. Analysis, of a random sample of 100 companies, found that too many companies…

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The Road to Corporate Governance: Spanish Listed Companies’ Study

In October 2020, Russell Reynolds Associates published a new study of corporate governance at all Spanish- listed companies (Ibex 35 and IGBM). In this study, they analyse different aspects of best practices for board effectiveness to provide a snapshot of public companies’ progress in incorporating the Good Governance Code recommended by CNMV, Spain’s national securities…

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New guidance issued about shareholder meetings under the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020

The Chartered Governance Institute has published guidance about ‘Shareholder meetings under the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020’. The guidance has been drafted by a Working Party of the City of London Law Society Company Law Committee and the Institute, with the support of GC100, the Investment Association and the Quoted Companies Alliance. The Department for Business,…

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Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill

On 20 May, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) introduced the new Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill. The measures in this Bill will relieve the burden on businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and allow them to focus all their efforts on continuing to operate. The Bill will: introduce temporary easements on…

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FRC Annual Review of the UK Corporate Governance Code

Companies need to improve their governance practices and reporting if they are to demonstrate their positive impact on the economy and wider society, according to a new report from the Financial Reporting Council (FRC).

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New Corporate Governance Code for Italian Equity-Listed Issuers

A new edition of the Corporate Governance Code for Italian Equity-Listed Issuers was released on 31 January 2020. The four-pronged Code aims to encourage issuers in Italy to focus on long-term sustainability and engagement and is based on four essential objectives and principles: sustainability, engagement, proportionality, and simplification.

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Belgium – Belgian Code on Corporate Governance 2020

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