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New Emissions, Energy Consumption and Energy Efficiency Reporting for 2019

The government has published the Companies (Directors’ Report) and Limited Liability Partnerships (Energy and Carbon Report) Regulations 2018. The regulations amend the Large and Medium-sized Companies and Groups (Accounts and Reports) Regulations 2008 and the Limited Liability Partnerships (Accounts and Audit) (Application of Companies Act 2006) Regulations 2008 to require additional annual reporting on emissions, … Continue Reading

Directors’ Duties: Guidance From GC100

The GC100, being the association of general counsel and company secretaries working in UK FTSE 100 companies, has issued guidance on the practical interpretation of section 172 of the Companies Act 2006. This section imposes a general duty on directors to act, in good faith, in a way they consider would be most likely to promote the success of … Continue Reading

ISS Proposes Changes to Benchmark Policy Regarding Auditors

The Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) has stated that recent high-profile corporate failures and accounting scandals have raised investors’ concerns about the efficacy of financial statements and the need for improved audit quality and stronger boardroom oversight. Against this backdrop, ISS has published its 2019 benchmark policy consultation, seeking views on certain of its proposed voting policies for 2019. In … Continue Reading

CMA Study Into Statutory Audits

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched a detailed study into the statutory audit market. The initiative follows growing concerns about the quality and resilience of statutory audits, in particular as a result of the collapse of construction firm Carillion and retailer British Home Stores, and the criticism of those responsible for reviewing the companies’ accounts, as well as recent poor results from reviews of … Continue Reading

AIM Corporate Governance from 28 September 2018

The London Stock Exchange has published a newsletter, Inside AIM, to address some of the questions it has received from nominated advisers in relation to the corporate governance changes that take effect from 28 September 2018. By way of background, from 28 September 2018, AIM companies will be required to disclose details of a recognised corporate governance code … Continue Reading

2018 Corporate Governance Code Published Today

The 2018 UK Corporate Governance Code has been published today by the Financial Reporting Council. The 2018 Code puts the relationship between companies, shareholders and stakeholders “at the heart of long-term sustainable growth in the UK economy”. It is shorter and sharper than the previous Code and is structured by high-level Principles and more detailed Provisions.  The supporting Principles … Continue Reading

Revised UK Corporate Governance Coming

The UK will be getting a revised Corporate Governance Code, most likely effective January 2019. The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper on Corporate Governance Reform. The briefing paper provides an overview of the corporate governance framework in the UK, including the history of the UK corporate governance code (UKCG Code) and … Continue Reading

Keep Your Residential Address Confidential

There is increasing concern about the public availability of residential addresses in a digital world. A balance needs to be struck between ensuring that the information on the company register is of practical use in achieving corporate transparency but, at the same time, ensuring that the information does not become a tool for abuse, such as … Continue Reading

Audit Committee Consultation

The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) has published a consultation report inviting input to a possible Good Practices Report on how issuer audit committees can promote and support external audit quality. IOSCO acknowledges the crucial role independent, high quality audits play in supporting investors’ confidence in a company’s financial report. To that end, IOSCO … Continue Reading

New AIM Rules

The London Stock Exchange has published AIM Notice 50 which, amongst other things, announces the implementation of updated versions of the AIM Rules for Companies and the AIM Rules for Nominated Advisers from 30 March. Marked up versions of both are also available on the LSE’s website. In providing feedback on the changes proposed in AIM Notice 49, … Continue Reading

Public Register of Shareholder Dissent

At the request of the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, the Investment Association (IA) has launched a public register of FTSE All-Share companies showing occasions where these companies have experienced substantial shareholder dissent i.e. where companies have received votes of 20% or more against any resolution or which have withdrawn a resolution before their … Continue Reading

ISS 2018 Proxy Voting Guidelines Updates

At the end of October we reported on the Institutional Shareholder Services’ (“ISS”) consultation on hybrid and virtual-only shareholders’ meetings. The ISS has now published its updated 2018 Proxy Voting Guidelines, effective for meetings on or after 1 February 2018. As expected, the guidelines support hybrid shareholder meetings and reject vitual-only meetings. By way of … Continue Reading

ISS Consults on Hybrid and Virtual-Only Shareholder Meetings

The Institutional Shareholder Services (“ISS”) has published a consultation document seeking views on certain of its proposed benchmark voting policies for 2018. Of relevance in the UK and Europe is the “UK/Ireland Policy and European Policy – Virtual/Hybrid Shareholder Meeting Proposals”. As the title suggests, ISS is considering (i) “hybrid” meetings, that is where shareholders can attend a physical meeting of the company … Continue Reading

The Stakeholder Voice in Board Decision Making

The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) and the Investment Association (IA) have published guidance entitled “The Stakeholder Voice in Board Decision Making; Strengthening the business, promoting long-term success”. This guidance is aimed at the boards of all companies, whether listed or privately owned and regardless of sector or size. The guidance acknowledges that … Continue Reading

Changes to the Persons with Significant Control Regime

The Fourth Money Laundering Directive ((EU) 2015/849) (“MLD4″) must be transposed into national law by 26 June 2017. MLD4 requires (amongst other things)  corporate and other legal entities to disclose their beneficial owners. In many respects this is currently being done under the PSC regime. However, MLD4 goes further than the PSC regime in two … Continue Reading

New Long-Term Reporting Guidance

The Investment Association (“IA”) has published new guidance on long-term reporting which it is encouraging companies to adopt as soon as possible. This follows on from the IA’s call some 6 months ago to cease quarterly reporting in favour of more meaningful long-term reporting. The guidance applies to  companies whose shares are admitted to the Premium … Continue Reading

PIRC Shareowner Voting Guidelines 2017

PIRC has published the 2017 edition of its UK Shareowner Voting Guidelines, replacing last year’s version.  Additions to the guidelines include the following: PIRC will oppose the re-election of an executive chairman except in exceptional circumstances. PIRC supports the Hampton-Alexander Review and the Davies Review recommendation that 33% of board positions in FTSE 350 companies be held by women by … Continue Reading

Corporate Governance Changes Ahead?

If the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee’s recent report on its inquiry into corporate governance is anything to go by, we may be seeing significant changes ahead. Whilst the report does not believe that a fundamental overhaul of the current framework is necessary it makes a number of noteworthy recommendations, including: The UK Corporate Governance Code requiring informative narrative reporting … Continue Reading
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