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Back in November last year, the Investment Association (the “IA”) came out with these dramatic words: “Alternative remuneration structures – We encourage all Remuneration Committees to evaluate their remuneration structures to ensure that they are appropriately aligned with the implementation of the company’s strategy. In recent years, there has been a growing debate on the benefits…

April 30, 2020 Read more >

There is now a singular concentration on conserving corporate cash. The Bank of England has issued a statement, falling barely short of an instruction, that banks should withhold dividend payments. Some, but not all, have complied. This is a crucial week for UK plc, as a number of the UK’s largest companies announce their results…

April 30, 2020 Read more >

As with all parts of the financial system, this virus pandemic has created huge challenges for private equity and venture capital fund managers, management teams and employees of investee companies, as well as for institutional investors. PE and VC fund management teams are working tirelessly to guide and support their portfolio companies. From our conversations…

April 29, 2020 Read more >

To all our clients and contacts: we know things are tough for businesses right now. Many of you will have done all you can to set your business up to deal with the lockdown and will now be thinking about what needs to be done to help ensure your business emerges successfully from this difficult…

April 21, 2020 Read more >

We are now living in the strangest of times, certainly the most difficult that the vast majority of us will have ever experienced. We are, for all intents and purposes, in unchartered waters as far as executive remuneration decisions are concerned. However, we at MM&K have seen major economic downturns on a number of occasions…

April 17, 2020 Read more >

Having had an opportunity to revisit the recent Budget, it really can be seen as being a mix of direct responses to the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as planning for the future (including in a post-Brexit world!).   Business Loan Scheme Of the measures designed to help with the current situation, one of the most…

March 31, 2020 Read more >

Less than half of non-executive directors say they receive timely and adequate management information; yet 79% feel that their Boards are fully effective. These are just two of the key findings from the 2020 Life in the Boardroom survey report, published by MM&K. Life in the Boardroom is unique insofar as data is collected direct…

March 30, 2020 Read more >

The Gender Pay Gap Regulations, known as the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 came into force in the UK in April 2017. The regulations require all private and non-governmental, non–profit organisations with 250 or more employees to publish data on the average difference between the pay of men and women. The…

March 30, 2020 Read more >

2020 MM&K Private Equity / Venture Capital Pulse Survey This month MM&K launches its 2020 Private Equity / Venture Capital Pulse Survey. The Pulse Survey is a short survey that focuses on the most recent HR and compensation developments in the UK and European Private Equity / Venture Capital industry. The Pulse Survey is run…

February 28, 2020 Read more >

The “CEO pay ratio” has become a hot topic after the introduction of new legislation demanding UK incorporated companies listed on the FTSE, NYSE and NASDAQ with over 250 employees to disclose in their directors’ remuneration reports the ratio of their CEO’s total pay to the lower quartile, median and upper quartile total pay of…

February 28, 2020 Read more >

There is a seemingly strong belief, particularly from Government, that the best way to make change is to do so through the use of “nudge” – influencing the behaviours of those organisations at “the top” to impact upon a wider group. A recent survey by the organisation Company Matters prompted us to consider the interesting…

February 28, 2020 Read more >

The Principles of Remuneration that were published by the Investment Association (the “IA”) in November 2019 include the following words: “Executive directors and senior executives should build up significant holdings in their company’s shares. Executives are encouraged to purchase company shares using their own resources in order to provide evidence of their alignment with shareholders.”…

February 28, 2020 Read more >

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