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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 >

On 18 November, MM&K hosted the latest in its series of Remuneration Dinners. The guests on the evening included Company Chairs, Remuneration Committee Chairs / Members and CEOs. The discussion topic for this event was . The topic was introduced by MM&K’s CEO Paul Norris who contended that Management Succession was an important matter, not…

November 19, 2019 Read more >

Study by the “Purposeful Company” The Purposeful Company is an independent voluntary think tank set up in 2015 with the support of the Bank of England to help transform British Business by identifying with like-minded companies changes to policy and practice aimed at creating long-term value. The think-tank has published extensively on policy matters relating…

November 19, 2019 Read more >

Nigel Mills reflects on some of the key findings in the Report which supports the hypothesis that this sector is in boom times. On 14th October MM&K published its 2019 European Private Equity and Venture Capital Compensation Report. The Report is derived from the Survey that we conducted in the year into pay and incentive…

October 25, 2019 Read more >

The global investment landscape is changing. Investors are under increasing pressure to consider carefully the long-term sustainability of their investments and to demonstrate that their engagement and investment strategies are designed and executed with the best interests of the end-beneficiaries in mind. The revised UK Stewardship Code, published on 24 October is evidence of this.…

October 25, 2019 Read more >

In our July Newsletter, we wrote about the Financial Reporting Council’s (“FRC”) programme of transition into the Audit, Reporting and Governance Authority (“ARGA”), a statutory body with enhanced regulatory powers to address corporate governance failures and audit malpractice. What, if anything, has happened in the meantime to demonstrate progress? This is, clearly, a question exercising…

October 25, 2019 Read more >

The recent changes proposed by the FCA due to the Woodford Investments situation should be an important reminder to private companies as well as listed ones Recently, the FCA advised that it would finally be going ahead with a rule change that it proposed last October. Under this change of rules, a new investment category…

October 24, 2019 Read more >

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has made significant changes to the UK Stewardship Code which will come into effect in January 2020. The Code will then require Investment Companies to report annually on their “stewardship activity”. Changes to the code include: • Extending the Code to include asset owners (pension funds and insurance companies) service…

October 24, 2019 Read more >

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