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Corporate Governance and Activism

It's one reason why corporate governance compliance is vital. Your board is a key driver and is responsible for devising and carrying out policies and decisions which determine the underlying success of the company for its shareholders and relevant stakeholders. They have to perform these diverse roles in a legal framework that continues to evolve. Trying to interpret and implement the plethora of international corporate governance rules, regulations and best practice can be a difficult task. This does not need to be the case.

Our Corporate Governance Group will provide you with clear and simple strategic advice. It employs a multi-disciplinary approach, involving lawyers from our corporate, tax and incentives, employment, litigation and regulatory practice areas, who are able to advise boards, committees, executive and non executive directors, senior HR professionals and engaged shareholders on a variety of issues, including:

  • directors duties and liabilities
  • compliance with UK Corporate Governance Code, QCA, NAPF, ABI and other UK corporate governance guidelines
  • remuneration (including equity incentive arrangements and remuneration code compliance) 
  • diversity, discrimination and recruitment 
  • shareholder agreements

An increasing reality of the London markets is shareholder engagement and activism.   Our Corporate Governance Group regularly advises clients on launching and defending activist strategies in relation to board changes and other corporate governance issues and has been successful in securing desired results both via private negotiation and by the public EGM requisition route.   We also advise bidders and targets on Takeover Code compliance and tactics to achieve the required outcome, whether a successful acquisition or defence against unwelcome approaches.

We have assisted numerous clients involved in regulatory investigations by the FCA, the UKLA and AIM in relation to allegations of market abuse, breaches of Listing Rules, AIM Rules and/or the FCA regulatory regime. We have also conducted internal investigations on behalf of clients where there have been allegations of fraud and corruption.

Recent news, articles and deals:

Independent judgment and the voice of the dissenting director - lessons to be learned from Tinkler v Stobart more
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The latest developments in the Samsung merger sagamore
Shareholder disputes continued: non-consensual ways of “breaking the deadlock”more
Shareholder disputes: top ten tips for “breaking the deadlock”more
FSA Presence in the Boardroom - hands-on supervision or regulatory over-intrusion?more

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Who should I contact?


Richie Clark
Direct dial: +44 (0)7894 395 170


Peter Wright
Direct dial: +44 (0)7738 122 614


David Butler
Direct dial: +44 (0)7921 820 347


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