13 October, 2017

Debt and riskier punts push takeover values close to European IPOs

The availability of debt has pushed the total value of company takeovers close to that of IPOs on European stock markets. Some $30.8bn (£23.2bn)-worth of companies were bought out in the last year...
Brexit, EU, Union Jack, flags

21 September, 2017

Brexit uncertainty affecting investment decisions, says Bank of England

Brexit is an “important source of uncertainty” for many UK companies, and is impacting on investment decisions, according to a new Bank of England report. The quarterly
Samsung, Malaysia

25 August, 2017

Samsung heir jailed as South Korea clamps down on corruption

A five-year jail term has been passed for Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong, 49—also known as Jay Y Lee—on a number of corruption charges. Lee was convicted of bribery, embezzlement, perjury, hiding as...
European Union, EU

22 August, 2017

Amended Shareholder Rights Directive implemented

A new EU directive, which aims to encourage effective and sustainable shareholder engagement in listed companies, was given the green light this summer, after
China, Chinese business

14 August, 2017

Chinese firms need stronger governance to attract British investors

If Chinese publicly listed firms are to attract British investors, they will have to improve various aspects of their corporate governance structure, according to a new report by the China City Group,...
Sports Direct, Keith Hellawell

4 August, 2017

Major investors ditch Sports Direct holdings as governance concerns continue

Major investors have divested their holdings in Sports Direct, as the retailer continues to battle to convince the markets that it has improved its governance. Standard Life has sold its 5.8% holdi...

1 August, 2017

S&P bars companies from indices over voting rights concern

Companies with multiple share class structures will be barred from inclusion in major stock indices, over concern that they treat shareholders "unequally". The US-based S&P Composite 1500 and i...
Whole Foods, Amazon, M&A

26 July, 2017

Global M&A deals holding firm, EY figures show

Global mergers and acquisitions remain buoyant, according to latest figures which reveal that while values may be slightly down, deal numbers have modestly risen.
Tokyo, Japan, Japan's boards

21 July, 2017

Poll shows Japanese boards hesitate to increase shareholder returns

Less than one-third of Japanese boards are planning to increase shareholder returns this year, although their cash balances are at record highs, according to a new poll from Reuters. This comes at ...
coal-fired power station, sustainable finance

21 July, 2017

Investors need carbon exposure stress-test, says think-tank

Financial institutions should be stress-tested for their exposure to "carbon-intensive assets", according to a report from the Brussels-based think-tank Bruegel. In a report based on the work of th...