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  1. September 11, 2014

    Alibaba defends payments unit split-off

    Alibaba executives have defended a controversial deal to split off its payments arm, as investors expressed their concerns...

  2. September 7, 2014

    US chief executives hoard good news for stock sales

    US chief executives systematically time the release of good news to get an upward “pop” in the share price before they sell...

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  1. September 4, 2014

    Jefferies: independent living

    Richard Handler, chief executive of Jefferies, the independent US investment bank, was a junk bond trader at Drexel Burnham...

  2. September 4, 2014

    Heed L.L. Bean as swans gather

    Clearly swans – whether white, black or grey – are creatures to be reckoned with. And they are multiplying. Sir Martin...

  3. August 26, 2014

    Opportunist shareholders must embrace commitment

    Limited-liability, privately owned joint-stock companies are the core institutions of modern capitalism. These entities are...

  4. August 25, 2014

    Smaller businesses less likely to appoint women as directors

    Large multinational companies are much more likely to appoint women as directors than smaller businesses, according to a new...

  5. August 22, 2014

    Is corporate governance overrated?

    A lot of nonsense is talked about corporate governance. I can see why. Often, corporate governance disputes come down to...

  6. August 18, 2014

    Banks step up hiring of anti-money laundering specialists

    Banks have stepped up their hiring of anti-money laundering specialists, increasing both the number of jobs and also pay in...

  7. August 17, 2014

    Emperors who seem above the rules must be reined in

    It is the mark of emperors that they think they are above the rules that govern ordinary folk. Some boards of a few small...

  8. August 15, 2014

    Alibaba unit finds possible accounting irregularities

    Alibaba has discovered possible accounting irregularities at its film production arm and asked for trading in shares of...

  9. August 8, 2014

    Co-op unveils corporate governance overhaul

    The Co-operative Group has outlined governance reforms that will eject the majority of lay members from its board in favour...

  10. August 7, 2014

    Bank of America: new beginnings

    Buyer’s remorse. That is what Bank of America must have as it prepares to pay about $16bn to end a probe into the sale of...

  11. July 25, 2014

    Why a good chief should tackle succession head on

    This week, succession planning – or the lack of it – became a hot topic in the City of London, as two FTSE 100 companies...

  12. July 21, 2014

    UK boards urged to take control of ethical values

    Boards must take control of setting a company’s ethical values and be prepared to dismiss chief executives whose values are...

  13. July 17, 2014

    CEO has tough questions for the new chairman

    Dear Alex: The arrival of a new chairman is a significant occasion for any company, and for any chief executive,...

  14. July 16, 2014

    Experian suffers shareholder revolt over board reshuffle

    The wave of shareholder rebellions sweeping the City escalated on Wednesday, as a substantial minority of investors in...

  15. July 15, 2014

    Sir John Peace in the line of fire at FTSE 100 groups

    Sir John Peace is doing a good job of defying his surname. The serial chairman – a graduate of Sandhurst military academy...

  16. July 10, 2014

    Letters to a new chairman

    Every year hundreds of men and women become company chairmen for the first time, taking on a vast responsibility. With the...

  17. July 10, 2014

    A chairman is the conductor of an orchestra

    Dear Alex: Every chairmanship is unique – the business, the competitive circumstances, the pace of opportunities, the...

  18. July 10, 2014

    Control in a cockpit is usually clearer than in a corporation

    I have a private pilot’s license and fly (very) small planes. When you learn to fly a plane you are taught from the start...

  19. July 10, 2014

    Tips for high stakes board game

    The deceptively sedate word “governance” is a label that covers a wide range of intense activity and, at times,...

  20. July 4, 2014

    Lords to grill accountancy watchdog on ‘going concern’ rules

    The UK accountancy regulator is to be grilled by the House of Lords later this month on its controversial proposals on going...

  21. July 2, 2014

    In or out: do millennials belong in company boardrooms?

    Yes Alan Mak Lord Davies in his report “Women on Boards” rightly said the best boards contain “a mix of voices [that] must...

  22. June 26, 2014

    Not all AGM protests are centred on executive pay

    Exactly a year ago, Li Ruigang was one of the most unpopular directors at any FTSE 100 company – at least as far as...

  23. June 25, 2014

    Falcone targets dual-class share hurdle

    Investors arise Philip Falcone’s $1.1bn bid for Central Garden & Pet may look like just another prospective deal at a time...

  24. June 22, 2014

    Corporate governance: the resurgent activist

    The US Chamber of Commerce calls it “minoritarianism, the tyranny of a minority”. Dan Gallagher of the Securities and...

  25. June 19, 2014

    Critics decry ugly beautiful game

    If only it were just a game. The start of the World Cup in Brazil has been marred by controversy surrounding Qatar’s...

  26. June 15, 2014

    Inexperienced boards head new UK listings

    More than half the groups that launched initial public offerings in the London main market last year did so with chairmen...

  27. June 12, 2014

    No flights of fancy for IT, airports and hotels tycoon Sir Peter Rigby

    Sir Peter Rigby is an unassuming man, in an impeccable black suit, white shirt – buttons not cufflinks – and tiny-checked...

  28. June 11, 2014

    Spain’s renewal must include governance improvements

    Pemex, Mexico’s national oil company, did not mince its words last week when it sold most of its 9.2 per cent shareholding...

  29. June 8, 2014

    Big UK groups urged to track suppliers on social value

    Fifty of the UK’s largest companies are to be urged to show corporate responsibility by tracking how their small suppliers...

  30. June 5, 2014

    Europe leads the way in the number of women on top company boards

    Europe is fast overtaking the US in the number of women board directors at top global companies, driven by legal quotas and...

  31. June 5, 2014

    JKX still locked in legal dispute with biggest shareholders

    The failure of two Ukrainian oligarchs to cast their disputed votes prevented a possible boardroom shake-up at JKX Oil & Gas...

  32. May 30, 2014

    Celebrity boards: get with the beat

    Through the storm we reach the shore You give it all – but I want more And I’m waiting for you U2’s 1987 hit “With or...

  33. May 26, 2014

    UK capital raising powers trigger investor protests

    One in five of the UK’s largest public companies are facing investor protests over powers to raise funds without seeking...

  34. May 22, 2014

    Boards need trust, but verify too

    HL Mencken’s famous warning loses none of its force with age. For every complex problem, he said, there is a solution that...

  35. May 19, 2014

    Co-op’s longest serving director joins board exodus

    The Co-operative Group‘s longest-serving director has resigned after an historic vote to reform its governance, the fifth...

  36. May 16, 2014

    Co-operative lobby group fights Myners’ plan to eject lay members

    The battle for the future of the Co-operative Group has intensified ahead of the annual meeting on Saturday, as a powerful...

  37. May 15, 2014

    Shareholders rebel against pay at Hiscox

    Lloyd’s of London insurer Hiscox has suffered the biggest rebellion over boardroom pay of any FTSE 350 company so far this...

  38. May 15, 2014

    When (fiduciary) duty calls

    Strategy meetings are rarely much fun, sadly. There is an inevitability about much of the discussion. Not least that moment...

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