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More and more companies are shunning listed status. Recent research has shown that the number of take private deals in 2019 was 40% higher than in 2018. Aggregate deal value increased from £9.9bn to £21.1bn. Whilst the big deals grabbed the headlines (Advent’s £4.0bn offer for defence group, Cobham and the £3.3bn bid by a…

February 28, 2020 Read more >

The UK Stewardship Code forms part of the FRC’s mission to promote transparency and integrity in business. The 2020 version of the Code was published by the FRC earlier this month. Under the Code, it is incumbent on asset owners and asset managers to disclose how they have prioritised ESG factors when assessing investments. The…

January 30, 2020 Read more >

2020 MM&K / GECN Global Research In 2019 MM&K, together with our partners in the GECN Group (Global Governance and Executive Compensation Group) researched the Global Trends in Corporate Governance – investors perspective. The outcomes of this research are present in the Executive Summary (click here to request a copy). 25 global investors were interviewed…

January 29, 2020 Read more >

The FRC’s annual review of reporting, following 2018 changes to the UK Corporate Governance Code shows the quality of reporting has been mixed. In this article we analyse key elements of the FRC review The 2018 UK Corporate Governance Code that applies to accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2019, is designed to…

January 28, 2020 Read more >

MM&K are members of the Quoted Companies Alliance (“QCA”) and sit on both the Corporate Governance and Share Schemes experts group.  Here are four insights coming out of the recently published AIM Good Governance Review. 1) There is an increasing trend for more disclosure in the year-end financial reports of AIM companies.  This trend towards…

January 23, 2020 Read more >

It appears that 2019 was another very good year for the European Private Equity Industry.  The year set a new annual record for European PE fundraising with €86bn raised across 89 fund entities. The year was also a good year for PE deal activity which in value terms was the second highest on record.  However,…

January 22, 2020 Read more >

The sixth Annual Conference of the Global Governance and Executive Compensation Group (GECN) took place in Zurich from 6 to 8 January, hosted by Swiss-based group member, HCM International. The GECN is a group of five independent advisory firms specialising in executive compensation and corporate governance. It comprises 95 professionals operating from nine offices globally (www.gecn.com).…

January 13, 2020 Read more >

This article is strictly apolitical – as countless polls have shown, it is impossible to predict how an election will be decided. However, irrespective of who wins (or perhaps which parties form a coalition) it is undoubtedly true that policies from one party can influence decisions of other parties. Even more crucially, when, as in…

November 25, 2019 Read more >

MM&K and its partner firm in the US, Holt Private Equity Consultants, have published their 2019 Survey Reports on Compensation in the UK and North American Private Equity and Venture Capital Fund Management industries. Nigel Mills reflects on some of the key findings in the Reports with regard to pay levels on both sides of…

November 25, 2019 Read more >

Nigel Mills summarises some of the changes in the new Code and the impact it will have. One key change is that signatories now have to explain their Stewardship approach in their alternative investments such as PE and Infrastructure. The Financial Reporting Council (the FRC) launched a significant and ambitious revision to the UK Stewardship Code…

November 25, 2019 Read more >

This month, the High Pay Centre (HPC) held an event to talk about pay and the increasing gap in incomes between those at the top and those at the bottom. In recent years, executive remuneration has attracted a lot of attention and is being thoroughly scrutinised by the media. So, can the Robin Hood effect…

November 25, 2019 Read more >

To paraphrase an old saying, “when the FTSE sneezes, the rest of the market catches a cold”.  Whilst the recent publication of the Investment Association’s Principles of Remuneration (“the Guidelines”) on 1 November is targeted initially at the largest listed companies, we have consistently seen practices and outlooks move into other listed and non-listed companies.…

November 20, 2019 Read more >

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