collaboration, covid

3 April, 2020

Collaboration is key for the challenging AGM season ahead

The changing corporate landscape continues to make the AGM season an uncertain time. Investors are more courageous and more likely to vote against boards on a range of issues. This season boards ar...
activism, activist, investors, shareholder engagement

12 December, 2019

Be proactive with shareholder engagement to avoid damaging disputes

Corporate governance remains high on the business agenda. The media spotlight on the impact of business on the environment has sharpened while perennial boardroom issues such as
Shareholder meeting

11 November, 2019

Shareholder activism might sound good, but it won’t change much

In the wake of systemic corporate misconduct scandals such as those brought to light in the Australian
mergers and acquisitions, M&A, takeovers

18 April, 2019

Trend for portfolio reviews drives M&A optimism

Nothing excites the business world like an M&A deal. Think of the fuss caused by the $30bn race to takeover of Sky by Comcast. And according to advisory firm EY, executives are so heady with M&...
Stobart Group, Iain Ferguson

24 August, 2018

Stobart appoints first female executive in board overhaul

Plans to overhaul Stobart Group’s board have come to fruition, with its first female executive appointed. Ginny Pulbrook, a partner at Camarco and co-f...
Barclays bank

19 July, 2018

Board moves at Speedy Hire; Barclays; and BTG

Speedy Hire Tools and equipment business Speedy Hire has named David Shearer as its new chairman. Shearer will succeed Jan Åstrand from 1 October 2018. Shearer has served as a non-execut...
Stobart Group, Iain Ferguson

12 July, 2018

Stobart chairman wins pyrrhic AGM vote as board overhaul looms

A major boardroom overhaul looms at support services group Stobart, despite fending off attempts by investors to oust chairman Iain Ferguson (pictured). Its AGM saw Ferguson receive 51.2% of votes ...
Persimmon

26 April, 2018

Persimmon AGM vote sees investors slam executive mega-payouts

The level of shareholder frustration and anger at Persimmon’s huge executive bonus payouts was made clear at its AGM, with the majority either voting against or abstaining from signing off its remun...
activist investors, investor activism, shareholders

7 February, 2018

Activist investors: the corporate world’s new fixture

They can strike fear into the hearts of boards. They can force an about-turn in strategy, break up a company, or even clear out long-standing and respected members of a boardroom; activist investors m...
Dutch Parliament, The Hague, Netherlands

5 February, 2018

Dutch corporate governance committee calls for more shareholder activism

Shareholders should have a more active role to ensure better long-term value creation in organisations, according to the Dutch government’s monitoring committee. In its report on the implementati...