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This week's edition of Corporate highlights includes six new practice notes on "Asset valuations on takeover transactions" and "Directors' decision-making as well as a consideration of the LSE's 2018 dividend procedure timetable and the new guidance launched to assist the boards of companies in their assessments of the interests of their stakeholders.
The London Stock Exchange (LSE) has issued its 2018 dividend procedure timetable. It sets out the requirements relating to the timing of announcements, record dates, ex-dividend dates and payments for dividends in 2018. Listed companies and alternative investment market (AIM) companies should comply with this timetable when declaring and paying dividends to shareholders.
A company with a premium listing on the main market of the LSE must have any dividend timetable set out in a circular approved in advance by the LSE, unless the timetable follows the guidelines set out in the dividend procedure timetable and an announcement which includes certain information is made under a correct headline.
An AIM company must inform the LSE in advance of any notification of a dividend timetable, unless the timetable follows the guidelines set out in the dividend procedure timetable and the AIM company's notification includes certain information.
For further information, see: LNB News 22/09/2017 83.
ICSA: The Governance Institute (ICSA) and The Investment Association (IA) have jointly launched guidance to help company boards weigh up the interests of their stakeholders when making strategic decisions. It covers, among other matters, identifying key stakeholders, the composition of the board, and the development of directors.
The guidance follows on from the package of corporate governance reforms published by the government in August 2017 which, among other things, set out proposals to strengthen the employee, customer and wider stakeholder voice. One of the government's stated aims in this area was to encourage industry-led solutions by asking the
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