06 June 2022
Corporate Governance snapshot: UK Government response on audit reform
In May 2022, the UK government published the response to its March 2021 consultation paper, Restoring trust in audit and corporate governance . It confirms that the government intends to take forward many of the reforms proposed in the consultation, in some cases in a modified form.
05 November 2021
FAR moving forward: What’s new and what next?
The Financial Accountability Regime Bill 2021 ( FAR Bill ) was introduced in the House of Representatives on 28 October 2021. This legislation will replace and extend the Banking Executive Accountability Regime ( BEAR ) (which currently only applies to authorised deposit-taking institutions ( ADIs...
12 January 2021
Executive remuneration and accountability – the revised APRA CPS 511 Remuneration
On 12 November 2020, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority ( APRA ) released a revised draft Prudential Standard CPS 511 Remuneration for consultation ( Revised Draft CPS 511 ). The revised standard has moved away from the prescriptive requirements of the initial consultation draft,...
07 July 2020
Governance: Key considerations for effectively managing remuneration arrangements during the pandemic (Australia)
One of the many issues companies are facing in light of the Covid-19 pandemic is how best to appropriately remunerate, incentivise and retain employee and executive talent as the pandemic continues to unfold. This article sets out five key issues for listed companies and their remuneration...
29 May 2020
HKMA publishes report on bank culture self-assessment
On 22 May 2020, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority ( HKMA ) published a report on its review of self-assessments on bank culture. This is part of the HKMA’s bank culture reform supervisory measures, where 30 authorised institutions ( AIs ) were selected in the initial phase to conduct self-...
12 March 2019
Latest Shake-up of the Remuneration Provisions for Banks and Investment Firms Part 2: Banks and credit institutions
After over two years of debate, agreement has finally been reached on the proposed directive amending the Capital Requirements Directive (which is generally being titled CRD5 ), and the European Council has published its final text. As detailed in our previous briefing ( Part 1 ), however, the...
11 March 2019
Latest Shake-up of the Remuneration Provisions for Banks and Investment Firms Part 1: Investment Firms
Agreement has now been reached between the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council on the final texts of two Directives which will impact on the remuneration provisions which apply to banks and investment firms. The first is the Investment Firms Directive ( IFD ), which will introduce a...
09 July 2018
Shareholder activism – new tactics, new players and a change in tone
Shareholder activism continues to grow in the UK as it does globally, both in terms of capital deployed and the publicity it attracts. While shareholder activism is not a new concept in the UK, the type of investors involved in activist campaigns, the companies that they are targeting, the tools...
01 May 2018
Lighter touch, or more of the same? MAS issues consultation paper on proposed guidelines on individual accountability and conduct
On 26 April 2018, the Monetary Authority of Singapore ( MAS ) issued a Consultation Paper on its proposed, and much-anticipated, senior manager accountability regime in the form of ‘Guidelines on Individual Accountability and Conduct’ ( Guidelines ). The Consultation Paper comes soon after the...
09 November 2017
Investment Association's updated guidance on executive remuneration
The Investment Association has published an updated Principles of Remuneration for 2018. The update will be of interest to all listed companies, who also need to keep an eye open for the upcoming revisions to the UK Corporate Governance Code, a consultation on which is expected later this month.
22 September 2017
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO RULES ON AGREED COLLECTIVE TERMINATIONS (rupture conventionnelle collective)
ORDONNANCE ON THE PREDICABILITY OF WORKING RELATIONS AND SECURING THESE WORKING RELATIONS This briefing summarises the Macron reforms in relation to the introduction of a new codified right to make collective terminations by agreement (outside of a social plan). This is a change from the current...
21 September 2017
'ORDONNANCE' ON THE PREDICABILITY OF WORKING RELATIONS AND SECURING THESE WORKING RELATIONS: IMPORTANT CHANGES TO RULES ON REDUNDANCIES
This briefing summarises the Macron reforms in relation to the simplification of redundancy processes: Limiting the economic difficulties test to the business sector in France exclusively Defining what is a business sector Reducing the redeployment obligations – limiting these to France For...
21 September 2023
Edinburgh International Arbitration Festival (#ArbFest2023)
Herbert Smith Freehills is a proud sponsor of the inaugural Edinburgh International Arbitration Festival, hosted by the Scottish Arbitration Centre. The event will be held on 21 and 22 September 2023, a year on from the record-breaking International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)...
21 September 2023
Australian Federal Court finds in favour of former Quintis CEO in directors duties case brought by regulator
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission ( ASIC ) has failed in its action against the former CEO & Managing Director of Quintis Limited ( Quintis ) for alleged breaches of section 180 of the Corporations Act (the duty to act with care and diligence). Following a four-week trial,...
21 September 2023
#FDIFriday – the Global Foreign Direct Investment podcast series
Our latest #FDIFriday podcast series brings together experts from our Global Foreign Investment Regulation Group to discuss the rapidly-evolving FDI regulatory landscape in accessible, digestible podcast episodes to help clients and our wider network keep abreast of the latest developments in this...
19 September 2023
Australian Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety Webinars
In case you missed it, you can access our previous Employment & IR briefing and Safety Leadership Series webinars below. Join our expert briefings for the latest developments we are seeing in the employment, industrial relations and workplace healthy and safety space. In these short sessions,...
14 September 2023
Talking Shop: A consumer sector podcast series
Expert insights for navigating the big trends and key issues redefining the global consumer sector. From rampant digitisation and supply chain reinvention to sustainability and geopolitical factors, the consumer sector is fast-evolving to meet the challenges – and opportunities – facing companies...
14 September 2023
King's College London International Construction Arbitration Conference 2023
King's College London International Construction Arbitration Conference 2023 Centre of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution 14 September 2023, 09:00 to 17:00 Ashworth Centre, The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn, London
13 September 2023
Australian Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety Podcasts
Join our experts as they discuss and share their views on the latest developments we are seeing in the employment, industrial relations and workplace healthy and safety space covering areas such as underpayment compliance, annualised salary provisions, industrial manslaughter laws and what key...