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 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
US audit

22 November, 2019

US audit committees ‘could do better’ on disclosures

US audit committees have made great strides to improve transparency surrounding their work, though some areas remain stubbornly in the dark, according to a new study. A
SEC seal

1 November, 2019

ISS launches lawsuit against the SEC over proxy adviser guidelines

A battle in the US over corporate governance advice provided by proxy advisers has reached a new twist with one of the market’s most prominent players,
SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission

23 August, 2019

New SEC guidance increases pressure on proxy advisers over disclosures

For those who campaigned for tighter regulation, it will be viewed as a victory. The top financial watchdog in the US has issued a document that will up the pressure on proxy advisers to disclose more...
Jamie Dimon

20 August, 2019

US business leaders pledge to ‘redefine corporate purpose’

It’s been a long running debate in recent years but now a group of heavyweight business leaders in the US have chosen a side. Business Roundtable, a body whose members include Julie Sweet, chief exe...
CEO, CEO turnover, exit, door

13 June, 2019

CEO turnover falls as firms seek ‘continuity and consistency’

It’s official. FTSE 100 chief executives are finding their way to the exit less often than they used to. A survey from recruitment agency Robert Half reveals that the annual attrition rate has fa...