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UK corporate governance

Resources concerned with UK corporate governance.

Activist Investors

Shareholder activism in UK quoted companies continues to be an important and topical issue. The context of this research is the investment scene in the UK and within this context over the last two decades it is clear that considerable change has taken place. The research report covers a variety of topics and provides an overview of some of the positive and negative implications of activism.

FRC effective company stewardship

The FRC has announced the next steps to encourage companies to improve the way they report to investors and it has published on 1 September 2011 two new reports that will lead to additional consultations on the UK Corporate Governance Code and related guidance.

Audit Committees

Provision C.3.1 of the UK Corporate Governance Code provides that listed company boards in the UK should establish an audit committee of at least three, or in the case of smaller companies two, independent non-executive directors. In smaller companies the company chairman may be a member of, but not chair, the audit committee in addition to the independent non-executive directors, provided he or she was considered independent on appointment as chairman

Guidance on Board Effectiveness

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has today published new guidance to encourage the boards of listed companies to consider how they can lead their companies most effectively. This new guidance replaces ' Good Practice Suggestions from the Higgs Report' so the Higgs Guidance as it was known has been withdrawn.

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