Corporate weekly highlights- 13 December 2018

Corporate weekly highlights- 13 December 2018

This week’s edition of Corporate highlights includes the latest Market Tracker Trend Report on AGM season 2018, plus news of the publication of the Wates Corporate Governance Principles for Large Private Companies, the government response to the BEIS consultation on limited partnership law reform, the Law Society/CLLS joint response to the Takeover Panel consultation on asset valuations, and ongoing Brexit developments.

In this issue:

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Corporate governance; General meetings

AGM season 2018–Market Tracker Trend Report

Our latest Market Tracker Trend Report, AGM season 2018, analyses market practice and trends emerging from the FTSE 350 annual general meeting (AGM) season 2018.

Key topics in the report include:

  • an in-depth look at diversity disclosures in the annual report, encompassing both gender and ethnicity
  • analysis of the progress of the FTSE 350 towards achieving boardroom diversity targets
  • details of significant shareholder opposition to resolutions and the development of public disclosures regarding shareholder dissent following the implementation of the Investment Association’s public register in December 2017
  • a review of the usage of share buyback resolutions, given recent media and government focus on the potential negative sides of using buybacks to inflate executive pay
  • a summary of market practice regarding Brexit disclosures
  • statistics on the usage of virtual and hybrid AGMs

The report includes expert commentary from Will Chalk, Partner and Head of Corporate Governance at Addleshaw Goddard LLP, Jonathan Fletcher Rogers, Partner and Head of the Employee Incentives Team at Addleshaw Goddard LLP, Pavita Cooper, Founder of More Difference, and Peter Swabey, Policy & Research Director at ICSA: The Governance Institute.

Corporate governance

New Corporate governance code for large private companies launched

A government-backed industry group chaired by James Wates CBE has launched a new corporategovernance code for large private companies. The 

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