Tag Archives: DRR

Bringing UK “big business” into line: corporate governance reform

As trailed in our recent blog post, the green paper on the reform of corporate governance was published today by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (formerly BIS).  The paper sets out 14 questions for consultation. The consultation covers three main areas: executive pay, “which has grown much faster over the last two … Continue Reading

Great Expectations: Hermes joins the fray on UK executive pay

Three publications over the last few weeks are particularly relevant for companies preparing their new remuneration policies for 2017 (including most of the FTSE100). Hermes Investment Management recently published its “Remuneration principles: clarifying expectations“.  This is its first solo effort – it previously was part of a group of large investors who jointly published their … Continue Reading

May or May not? Further proposals to get tough on UK executive pay

With the news today that Theresa May will become prime minister this Wednesday, we note with interest reports that she intends to make large companies more accountable by having consumers and employee representatives on boards.  This resurrects an idea put to consultation by BIS during Vince Cable’s watch in the run-up to the introduction of … Continue Reading

The “Brexited” share incentive plan: yet another unknown

Although we’re not in the business of crystal ball-gazing, here are some possible issues relating to Brexit and executive pay, particularly share-based remuneration, that we’d like to throw into the pot (unless that’s too much of a mixed metaphor). It seems unlikely that post-Brexit the UK would impose restrictions on overseas issuers offering their shares … Continue Reading

Shareholder Spring 2: Rabbit Emerges From The Hat

After weeks of media headlines criticising FTSE 100 executive remuneration, the Investment Association have finally pulled their rabbit from the hat!  The nattily entitled “Executive Remuneration Working Group” set up last year under the auspices of the Investment Association (see our previous blog post) has published its Interim Report (which can be downloaded from the … Continue Reading

Shareholder Spring revisited?

Until this week, the remuneration side of this year’s FTSE 100 reporting season was looking decidedly pedestrian, with deckchairs being shuffled ahead of the 2017 AGM season, when all of the  remuneration policies that were approved at the 2014 AGMs are up for re-approval. The near 60% vote against the approval of BP’s Directors’ Remuneration … Continue Reading

Plus ça change: amendment to principles of UK executive remuneration

As we previously reported, the guidelines on executive remuneration (formerly known as the ABI guidelines) have now come under the auspices of the Investment Association (“IA”).  As usual at this time of year, the guidelines (or principles, as we should now call them) have been dusted down. The only substantive change to the principles is that long-term incentives … Continue Reading

Didn’t they do well? BIS report on compliance with remuneration reporting

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) has published a research paper on companies’ compliance with the new directors’ remuneration reporting regulations (DRRRs) in the 2014 AGM season. The research was carried out by Manifest, taking a random sample of 93 UK-incorporated companies listed on the London Stock Exchange.  Thirty-eight of these companies had … Continue Reading

How to avoid a bloody nose in the second DRR season: amended NAPF guidelines

The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has re-issued its updated Corporate Governance Policy and Voting Guidelines, including its view of how remuneration should be dealt with.  Unsurprisingly, changes have been made to the last set of guidelines issued in November 2013. The changes reflect experience over the first year of accounts published under the … Continue Reading

FTSE100 DRR season – the final curtain

With the release of Associated British Foods’ Directors’ Remuneration Report on 4 November 2014, the final curtain has come down on the 2013-14 FTSE100 DRR season. Whilst we still await the AGMs (and therefore shareholders’ votes on the DRRs) of a handful of FTSE100 companies (namely Smiths Group, BHP Billiton, BSkyB, Wolseley and ABF itself), … Continue Reading
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