audit committee, high-quality audit

16 November, 2020

Audit fees increase when foreign investors become majority owners

While there is much attention on audit and whether it's working, there has been less focus on fees. Researchers investigating the cost of audit in Europe believe the price tag rises when foreign inves...
EU flag

3 November, 2020

Brussels pushes ahead with project for new European governance

Efforts by the European Commission to introduce new corporate governance laws have stepped up a gear, with a fresh consultation proposing mandatory human rights due diligence and new obligations on co...
Business ethics, boardroom ethics

3 April, 2020

Fall in number of boards that ‘discuss ethics on a regular basis’

It is a challenge to move ethics into the boardroom, according to research examining business ethics across the UK and Europe. The
Brexit, EU, Union Jack, flags

24 September, 2019

Brexit and ESG to top the agenda at the Global Invest Forum

Investors from some of the biggest asset owners and fund managers across Europe are to gather in Paris to debate the implications of Brexit and the development of credible ESG (environmental, social a...
scales, balance

26 July, 2019

Imbalance of power: loyalty shares threaten ‘one share, one vote’

One share, one vote. It’s a compelling premise for corporate governance, but it is being eroded by developments around the world, including in Europe. At
activism, activist, investors, shareholder engagement

15 April, 2019

The changing face of activism

European companies are increasingly a target of activist investors, but the aggression seen in the past may be softened for a friendlier approach to win results. That’s the news we hear this week...

29 March, 2019

Promoting SME growth markets

On 24 May 2018, the European Commission unveiled a legislative package focused on alleviating administrative burdens on SMEs, enabling easier access to public markets for shares and bonds and increasi...
Aktis, banking

27 September, 2018

New world order for global banking

    Ten years on from the collapse of Lehman Brothers, and the financial system is safer, more robust and governance has improved.

1 August, 2018

Governance briefs from around Europe

Brexit could boost European voices on UK boards — Europe European voices are to become an increasingly important part of UK boards post-Br...
Business ethics

6 July, 2018

Pressure increases on European employees to compromise ethics

More than one in ten employees in European businesses report being pressured to compromise on ethics, according to a survey. The