gender diversity, gender quotas, gender equality

31 May, 2018

FTSE 350 bosses give ‘pitiful’ excuses for failing to hit gender targets

“I don’t think women fit comfortably into the board environment” is one of the excuses given by FTSE 350 chairs and CEOs to the team behind the government’s executive gender diversity campaign...
FRC, audit

17 April, 2018

‘Root and branch’ review of FRC launched by government

A “root and branch review” of the UK’s accounting and finance regulator is to be led by former Treasury head Sir John Kingman. The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) will have its governance, ...
mergers and acquisitions, M&A, takeovers

20 March, 2018

Changes to merger thresholds in the UK announced

Rules to strengthen the UK government’s powers to scrutinise takeovers, which could raise national security concerns in specific areas of the economy, have been updated. The new rules, announced ...
Greg Clark, business secretary, governance reform

20 March, 2018

UK directors and shareholders face tougher post-insolvency regulation

Punishing the bad behaviour of directors and recouping creditor funds during corporate insolvencies is the target for the UK government. A consultation by the Department for Business, Energy & ...
Philip Green, Carillion

1 March, 2018

Carillion chairman ‘lacked even a tenuous grasp’ on its position

Former Carillion chairman Philip Green “appeared to lack even a tenuous grasp” on the company’s parlous condition, according to ministerial committees investigating its demise. The latest com...
trading screen, shares, stocks, equities, institutional investors

26 February, 2018

Share buybacks: a question of governance?

The common practice of share buybacks is on the UK government’s agenda. In late January the department for business, energy and industrial strategy (BEIS) annou...
GKN

22 February, 2018

Government considers intervention in Melrose bid for GKN

Sentiment for government intervention in a takeover has arisen, as the detail behind the proposed takeover of UK engineering business GKN by investment firm Melrose Industries is investigated. GKN,...
AI, artificial intelligence, data

27 November, 2017

Industrial strategy calls for improved reporting of capital allocation

The government has said it will introduce "better and more transparent" corporate reporting on capital allocations as part of its newly published industrial strategy. The long-awaited paper also in...
Queen, State Opening of Parliament, Queen's Speech

22 June, 2017

Disquiet after governance reform fails to appear in Queen’s Speech

Advocates of change to the UK's corporate governance code have revealed unease and disappointment after the government failed to include reform as part of its agenda, following the June general electi...
executive pay, remuneration policies

26 April, 2017

Pay consultant argues LTIPs are ‘effective’, despite calls to end them

Long-term incentive plans (LTIPs) are an "effective tool" for integrating executive pay with performance, according to a leading remuneration consultant, despite calls from politicians for an end to s...