law

18 June, 2018

Lawful impediment: company law and insider control

It has become commonplace among corporate governance scholars and practitioners alike that company law and regulations are an important ingredient for a good corporate governance regime. [pull-righ...
Responsible investment, ESG

14 June, 2018

ESG: is it truly being integrated with investment decisions?

Reading the transparency reports submitted by signatories to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), it becomes clear that asset managers take widely different approaches in the integratio...
Drax power station, carbon emissions, coal

7 June, 2018

Why serious investors demand more than just climate disclosure

In 2014, when I first started engaging pension funds on the issue of climate change, a worrying number would respond that they could not take savers’ “ethical concerns” into account. Not only a ...
gender diversity, gender quotas, gender equality

30 May, 2018

Making a difference through diversity in the boardroom

We believe that better diversity brings economic as well as cultural benefits. The World Economic For...
Michael Herskovich, BNP Paribas

28 May, 2018

An asset to responsible investment: Michael Herskovich, BNP Paribas

While other asset managers may make bigger headlines, BNP Paribas Asset Management’s record on integrating social and environmental factors into their decision-making makes others look like latecome...
share buybacks, investments, finance

23 May, 2018

Buyback mountain: why the rise in share buybacks is causing concern

Share buybacks are under suspicion. So numerous have they become that there is disquiet among policymakers that something is not quite right. At a time when investment levels remain low, the big ca...
Big Four, PwC, Deloitte, EY, KPMG

18 May, 2018

The audit market concentration ratchet strengthens case for reform

Every few years significant concerns are expressed about the market for external audit services, which is dominated by the Big Four firms. Typically, these concerns are triggered by a corporate collap...
Secret Ned, gender pay gap reporting

18 May, 2018

The gloves are off: gender pay gap reporting and dirty tricks

How do cheating at cricket, the values of a world-class boxer and executive pay all connect? In the news recently was the Aussie ball-tampering incident, involving the application of sandpaper to c...
women in business, gender pay gap, gender diversity, equal pay

18 May, 2018

LGIM launches gender diversity fund to promote women on boards

Asset manager Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) has underlined the importance of women in the boardroom by launching the first "gender orientated fund" to  focus on UK-listed companies...
Ashurst, M&A, corporate venture capital

18 May, 2018

Preparation key for growing trend of corporate venture capital deals

When the business pages write about venture capital they usually fail to make an important distinction. Though VC deals make for attention-grabbing headlines, it is corporate venture capital investmen...