The legal and regulatory landscape is constantly evolving and presenting new issues for listed companies. Never before has there been so much scrutiny of listed companies and their boards whether from the markers, investors or the ‘court of public opinion’.
As corporate and governance advisers to more FTSE listed clients than any other firm, we have the experience to help: address the demands of corporate governance codes in a manner that avoids confrontation with investor groups and shareholders, whilst reflecting the nature of your governance structure.
General corporate advice that we give includes:
- providing focused and constructive input on everyday issues – e.g. annual disclosure, AGM reports, TOR for committees, director independence issues, Board composition, share buybacks, shareholder and board meetings, payment and treatment of dividends, director duties and responsibilities, shareholder rights, and corporate structures
- advising in relation to annual general meetings including reviewing annual report and accounts, business reviews, directors' remuneration reports and notices of meetings
- ensuring policies and procedures, including disclosure processes, are consistent with peers, operate well in practice and are developed appropriately as our clients’ needs evolve
- anticipating and responding quickly to unexpected developments such as the consequences of a significant shareholder – e.g. shareholder activism, share dealing issues and dysfunctional Boards
- advising listed companies on the adoption and amendment of their articles of association to reflect changes in legislation and the Listing Rules and general market practice.
Our unrivalled experience of acting for listed companies and large corporate entities ensures that we have in-depth knowledge of all of the issues our clients might face. As a full service law firm our corporate advice is provided seamlessly with advice in ancillary areas such as directors’ remuneration, share schemes, pensions, financial regulation and employment law.