Category: Financial

Get ready for the new EU Shareholder Rights Directive

The EU Shareholder Rights Directive II (updating a 2007 original) comes into force in June 2019. This is potentially one of the biggest and most positive developments in corporate governance across Europe, including for London listed companies, for many years. It will occur whatever happens with Brexit because the UK has already agreed to it. […]

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It is official – Brexit squabbling is damaging the economy

The British economy is slowing. There. I have said it. After repeatedly writing upbeat pieces for CapX to counter the doom and gloom mongers in the last two years, the facts are changing and so is my mind. I would go further and say that the weakness of the economy, much of it Brexit-related, is […]

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It is 1956 and all that again in Westminster

The Establishment may be having a wobble, but things could be much worse It hasn’t been this bad since the Suez Crisis. That is what some are saying in Westminster. What we still call the Establishment is divided and demoralised, awaiting “clarity” on Brexit. Britain is arguably involved in another international escapade which is being […]

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BlackRock joins in i-Activism

A week after Jana Partners LLC and California State Teachers Retirement System wrote to Apple demanding it take action over the addiction of children to smart phones, BlackRock has made a powerful intervention in the governance debate. I dubbed this i-Activism LAST WEEK as I think this stance by investors is genuinely new. Many serious […]

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The start of i-Activism

Jana Partners LLC and California State Teachers Retirement System have written to Apple, the world’s largest quoted company with a market capitalisation of some $900bn, to demand that it takes action to protect children from addiction to Smartphones. The two institutions claim to own $2bn of Apple stock. The full text of the letter is […]

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Tweaking MiFID II post-Brexit

Today signals the deadline for MiFID II compliance, new regulation that has been causing a sense of disquiet in some areas of the City, especially amongst advisers to and investors in smaller companies below the FTSE 250. A question worth asking is will Brexit allow some of the anticipated consequences of MiFID II to be […]

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