City of London

18 September, 2017

UK companies face higher risk of activist action

UK companies are 32% more likely to be targeted by activist investors than European counterparts, according to the latest research from professional services firm Alvarez & Marsal (A&M). Th...

6 September, 2017

Air France-KLM hunts for female director after shareholder protest

Shareholders of Air France-KLM agreed on Monday to deepen its cooperation with Delta Air Lines and China Eastern, but shareholders also insisted that the company chooses a female for one of its newly ...
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...

25 July, 2017

AkzoNobel told new CEO Thierry Vanlancker’s position ‘untenable’

AkzoNobel, the makers of Dulux paint, has come under attack once again from hedge fund Elliott Advisors with claims that the position of the company's newly appointed chief executive is "untenable". ...
The Sims, Electronic Arts

24 July, 2017

Advisors recommend vote against The Sims chairman

Shareholders have been advised to vote against the reappointment of the chairman of computer games maker Electronic Arts Inc., the company behind international hits such as The Sims and the FIFA footb...
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 ...
Halfords

17 July, 2017

Halfords faces opposition to reappointment of auditor

Halfords, the car carts and bicycle retailer, faces opposition to the reappointment of Big Four firm KPMG as auditor over concerns about independence.
Tokyo, Japan, Japan's boards

10 July, 2017

Japan’s boards face criticism over former executives’ retirement perks

Japan's corporate boards are coming under increasing pressure from shareholders to be more transparent regarding the salaries and roles of former executives. For more than 20 years, boards in Japan...
AstraZeneca

28 April, 2017

AstraZeneca shareholders signal concerns over pay

Pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca received a warning shot from shareholders when almost 40% voted against the company's annual remuneration report. The vote at
bricks, housebuilding

24 April, 2017

Adviser concern builds for executive pay at Persimmon

The housebuilding sector faces further controversy over executive pay after it emerged that shareholder advisers have issued guidance to vote against the pay deal at Persimmon. The Financial Ti...