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MM&K hosted its annual golf day on 21st May again at Hankley Common Golf Club in Surrey. We were pleased to have 22 clients and friends of MM&K come and join us to play a well contested four ball competition in the morning. Some hardy souls managed to play more golf in the afternoon after…

May 22, 2019 Read more >

This month MM&K Launched its 24th annual Compensation Survey for the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Industry.  The 2019 Survey will provide participants with information on both quantum and structure in respect of salary, bonus plans, carried interest plans and co-investment plans. Through participation in our survey, participants will obtain data which allows them…

April 29, 2019 Read more >

Legally, the reporting of the Gender Pay Gap (“GPG”) is only required by companies that have 250 or more employees who are based in England, Scotland or Wales. However, there are some important lessons for all organisations in respect of remuneration and the issue of divergence on gender pay can become an issue for any…

April 23, 2019 Read more >

In early April, MM&K held a PE/VC Breakfast Seminar for the participants in its last three PE/VC Compensation Surveys. At the seminar the 2018 Landscape of the Private Equity / Venture Capital industry was discussed. We also discussed the outlook on what 2019 may hold for the industry. Prior to the event, MM&K organised a…

April 20, 2019 Read more >

HMRC recently made new announcements about tax-advantaged Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) share options in its Employment Related Securities Bulletin 31 (21 March 2019) and in updated Share Valuations guidance (1 April 2019). Errors in notification of EMI options to HMRC When a company grants an EMI option, it must notify HMRC of the grant through…

April 18, 2019 Read more >

On 10 April 2019, the Government laid before Parliament a new set of revisions to the Directors’ Remuneration Reporting Regulations (DRRR or “Schedule8”). After the wholesale revision to the DRRR in 2013, the regulations remained pretty much unchanged until July, 2018. The 2018 Companies (Miscellaneous Reporting) Regulations then introduced a number of changes to the…

April 17, 2019 Read more >

The deadline for submitting annual online employee share plan returns to HMRC for the tax year ended 5 April 2019 is 6 July 2019.  This is also the deadline for registering new plans which were first operated during that tax year. We recommend that companies should try to complete registrations and annual returns well before…

April 16, 2019 Read more >

On 3 March the European Commission issued new guidelines on the standard presentation of the remuneration report under Directive 2007/36/EC. This was to comply with a mandate presented in Article 9(b)6 of the 2017 revisions to the second Shareholder Rights Directive (SRD II)[1]. The guidelines are non-binding and the UK Government has to decide how…

March 28, 2019 Read more >

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has published a consultation paper on a new Stewardship Code that sets substantially higher expectations for investor stewardship policy and practice.  The proposed changes call for higher transparency regarding institutional investors’ stewardship activities and encourages more engagement with companies.  The proposed changes have significant potential consequences for investment organisations and…

March 28, 2019 Read more >

On the face of it, things do not currently look too rosy for the AIM market. There has just been one new IPO on AIM since the turn of the year. In the same period last year, there were nine. Indeed, last year as a whole saw a regular stream of IPO’s on AIM. In…

March 23, 2019 Read more >

In the past, pension benefits used to form a substantial proportion of top executives’ total remuneration.  This was not just because their entitlements were based on higher salary levels than employees generally but also because these executives had more generous percentage employer contributions or accrual rates.  Moreover, the full value of directors’ pension rights was…

March 22, 2019 Read more >

This case study explains how a FTSE 250 company, with MM&K’s help, adapted a UK Share Incentive Plan (SIP) for its employees in Germany and Luxembourg. The Company regards employee ownership as essential to aligning employees and shareholders by creating a common interest in the growth in value of the Company. The UK SIP The…

March 20, 2019 Read more >

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