#metoo, sexual harassment and misconduct

13 July, 2020

#MeToo continues: why sexual harassment is a growing litigation risk

We all know that the federal securities laws prohibit insider trading, "pumping and dumping", Ponzi schemes and market manipulation. But public shareholders and their lawyers have been working hard to...
Dollars on financial/audit report

26 June, 2020

Top US CEO pay falls 53% as pandemic and investor pressure continues

Chief executives among the top 50 US firms have been shouldering some of the financial pain of the pandemic with large cuts to their pay. A report from governance data provider GC Analytics shows t...
Statue of liberty with mask against Covid-19

9 June, 2020

US public backs shift to stakeholder capitalism amid Covid-19

Capitalism is at a crossroads in the US, with almost nine out of ten people wanting large corporates to concentrate on serving their workers, customers, communities and the environment, according to n...
global vs local stamps, the rise of protectionism

26 May, 2020

Growth in protectionism ‘threatens corporate governance’

Usually when the conversation turns to protectionism it’s about its ability to stymie global trade and, as a result, damage economies. But according to academics it has another effect: it undermines...
BlackRock building

18 May, 2020

Business Roundtable members ‘should become benefit corporations’

Academics have called on member of the Business Roundtable—whose luminaries include Jeff Bezos of Amazon and Larry Fink of BlackRock—adopt the legal status of benefit corporations to ensure their ...
WPP buybacks

1 April, 2020

Pushback on buybacks as global brands postpone plans

On Wednesday this week WPP, one of the world’s largest marketing and advertising companies, suspended a £950m buyback announced last year. A day later Adidas, a global sports brand announced postpo...
Competition & Markets Authority

19 February, 2020

Mergers under scrutiny as competition regulator toughens stance

The focus on takeovers and their implications for competition have become a hot button issue in recent months. Indeed, investigations by competition regulators into proposed takeovers are on the rise,...
Google, tech acquisitions

12 February, 2020

US regulator orders tech giants to release data on acquisitions

Corporate acquisitions by Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft are to come under scrutiny as US regulators look to see if a series of tech acquisitions were “anticompetitive” and whether ...
#metoo, sexual harassment and misconduct

3 February, 2020

How does your board deal with sexual misconduct?

2017 is considered the inflection point of the #MeToo movement, with revelation after revelation of serial sexual misconduct and multi-million dollar hush money settlements approved by management—an...
Wall Street, New York Stock Exchange, US corporate governance

9 January, 2020

Five myths and five realities about the role of shareholders

In August, the Business Roundtable, led by JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, issued a well-meaning but ultimately confusing statement about