Strategic Remuneration, Governance & Incentive Plans
Private Equity & Alternative Investment Fund Managers’ Remuneration & Incentive Plans
Global executive remuneration and governance advice
A close alliance of seven independent advisory firms specialising in executive remuneration, performance and governance, the GECN Group pools its considerable resources to serve clients in more than 30 countries through offices in North America, Continental Europe, the United Kingdom, Asia, Australia and Africa.
What We Do
We are a leading independent consultancy specialising in the planning, design, and implementation of business-driven pay and reward strategies.
Our areas of expertise include executive compensation, employee share plans, corporate governance, business management, valuation and statistics.
We have specific sector experience as follows:
- Alternative investment firms (family offices, venture capital, private equity, infrastructure funds)
- Portfolio companies
- Oil & gas
- Renewable energy
- Family businesses quoted or private companies undergoing change, e.g. IPO, acquisition, strategy change
We provide the following core services: Executive Remuneration, Private Equity Remuneration, Pay Surveys, and Share Plans. Our multi-disciplinary approach to remuneration is always tailored to individual client requirements.
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Spotlight 61 – ‘Disguised remuneration: remuneration trusts used to reduce profits and disguise income’ – such tax avoidance schemes do not work
HMRC has recently published Spotlight 61, warning users and promoters of remuneration trusts and other similar tax avoidance schemes that such schemes do not work. Lately, the first-tier tribunal has also heard three cases and decided that such schemes do not work. HMRC have issued a warning that they will litigate against tax avoidance schemes and has further urged users of them to seek advice, withdraw from such schemes and contact HMRC for settlement.
Lessons for all companies from the FRC review of Corporate Governance going into 2023 (no matter what size of firm you are)
The FRC has undertaken its annual review into UK corporate governance. This article explores some of the key points that can apply to all companies, no matter what size they are.
The current economic situation is adding pressure to the Private Equity firms staffing challenges
In the past couple of years we have seen unprecedent demand for junior investment professionals and a commensurately significant increase in their remuneration, also noted by a number of our contacts.
How best to obtain shareholder approval for your new remuneration policy
Advice and approach to remuneration committees on how to avoid criticism and negative votes from shareholders on proposed new remuneration policies.
GECN ESG Report 2023: Diversity and Inclusion remains a priority for businesses – download your free copy
MM&K and GECN’s 2023 research into ESG finds Diversity and Inclusion remains a top issue after significant growth, but other employee metrics have only stagnated or declined. Download your free copy today.
How does scrapping the cap on Bankers’ bonuses affect attitude towards remuneration for business leaders?
With the removal of the cap on bankers’ bonuses, MM&K takes a look at how this is likely to affect attitudes towards bonuses in other sectors.
2023: As you were or into the melting pot?
2023 is likely to start with the country and businesses back in the melting pot. There will be both opportunity and solutions but, in the meantime, resilience and innovation will be required. Here are five suggestions for remuneration committees to take into the New Year.
Life in the Boardroom 2021-2022 MM&K’s exclusive survey of Board Chairs and NEDs
For over 30 years MM&K has conducted this valued survey which provides participants with a comprehensive report containing insights on board practices, time commitments, pay and other board issues. It is unique as data is collected directly from Directors themselves, rather than from company staff or annual reports. This provides a more accurate picture from the people who experience it first-hand.
Private Equity & Venture Capital Compensation Survey
MM&K has launched its 28th annual Compensation Survey for the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Industry. This survey provides participating firms with market leading, detailed information on both the quantum and structure of pay in the European PE, VC, Infrastructure and Real Estate fund management industries. In the survey we collect data on base salaries, benefits, annual bonuses and carried interest plan participation, plus details on a large number of other people and reward issues.
London Stock Exchange
MM&K are proud members of London Stock Exchange Issuer Services. Tom Hinton, Head of Issuer Services, and MM&K’s CEO, Paul Norris discuss trends in directors’ remuneration and how they have evolved over recent months. Paul discusses recent developments on ESG and the challenges some of our clients are facing, along with the impact of increased regulation and the effect on executive roles along with how the role of NEDs is evolving.
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Meet The Team
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“Congratulations on a thorough and insightful survey. It fills in something of a gap in coverage of the numerous publications from the large firms in the remuneration consulting space.”
– Alan Giles, Chairman, Remuneration Consultants Group
“We contacted MM&K to set up an EMI Scheme for our employees. MM&K supported us every step of the way and explained all of the options that were available to us. They are clearly experts at what they do and they navigated us through the whole process from beginning to end. JD has been a huge support in re-writing documents that were needed and in helping us with communications to the rest of our business. We are very grateful to him and his team for the extra work and time they put into getting this project completed for us. ”
– London-based recruitment consultancy, September 2021
“I was recommended to MM&K by an old colleague as the leading remuneration advisers in London with a detailed understanding of and experience with the design of remuneration structures in the alternative investment management arena.
I needed help with the introduction and detailed design of a carried interest plan for my team of investment professionals in a mid-market private equity fund management house that my business is heavily invested in. I certainly found them very knowledgeable, impressively responsive and tremendously helpful in guiding me through the various different structures and mechanisms that are typically used in carried interest plan arrangements.”
– CEO of UK based Family Office, January 2020
“When we needed to review our remuneration arrangements, we spoke with a number of potential advisers but MMK stood out with their detailed understanding of and experience with the design of remuneration policies in private equity fund management businesses.
As a premium listed company on the London Stock Exchange, we needed comprehensive advice from a firm that understood both the corporate governance requirements for a fully listed company as well as the design of remuneration structures and policies in PE fund management businesses. We needed advice on salary levels, bonus plan metrics and LTIP design.
We found that MM&K had a detailed knowledge of the PE industry and its remuneration structures. They also understood the requirements that we needed to comply with as a fully listed company. They were diligent in their market research and advice and efficient in steering us through this important journey including helping support our shareholder consultations. We have ended up with accomplished remuneration arrangements that were approved by our shareholders.”
– Graham Stedman, Remuneration Committee Chair of LMS Capital plc
“MM&K are that rare breed, people who actually take the time to understand the business and give executive remuneration advice which is practical, commercial and eminently sensible from the start.”
– Simon Bennett, Founding Partner, Incremental Capital LLP
Life in the Boardroom
MM&K has conducted this Chairman and Non-Executive Director Survey (Life in the Boardroom) for 31 years. It is unique as data is collected directly from Directors themselves, rather than from company staff or annual reports. This provides a more accurate picture of board practices and pay.