Companies are facing an increasing regulatory burden, with greater focus by boards, investors and regulators on sound corporate governance, compliance and risk management, and a continuing flow of new rules and regulations in this area.
We offer a full suite of services to support Head Office, General Counsel and Company Secretarial teams dealing with these issues. We can provide advice and services in areas not covered by in house-teams, or we can be available to support in particularly complex areas, or where internal resources may be stretched.
best practice and compliance with institutional guidelines and the UK Corporate Governance Code
compliance with Listing Rules, AIM Rules, Disclosure and Transparency Rules, Companies Act 2006, Takeover Code and regulatory announcements
insider dealing protocols and share dealing codes
board and committee structures and terms of reference, board and NED independence and changes in board composition, appointment letters and contracts, participation in boardroom induction and training programmes
directors' duties and conflicts of interest
constitutional document reviews
independent advice on remuneration, audit, nominations and other committees and individual executives who may require independent advice
annual reports and accounts - including ensuring compliance with both statutory requirements and non-statutory guidance
Annual General Meetings and investor/shareholder issues - our advisory team provide comprehensive specialist advice on the day-to-day issues affecting companies, including AGMs, shareholder ownership issues and disputes, and
We also advise on risk management issues ranging from the adequacy, amendment and establishment of risk management and controls to share ownership issues, including the use of internal markets to incentivise and enfranchise employees and provisions to regulate control and ownership.
To help our clients stay up to date with the latest developments and the impact on their business, we also provide briefings and training through seminars, in workshops, via webinar or by tailored e-briefings. These services are a key part of our aim to build long term relationships and support our clients as their trusted adviser. Our team is led by experienced specialists who bring their knowledge of current and future developments to bear, often informed by their participation in legal and industry committees.