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What were the non-executives doing?

Is it time to question afresh how effectively governance protocols and practice safeguard shareholder value? Barry Gamble gives his views on recent corporate upheavals and failures. “What were the non-executive directors doing?” has to be a key question in the wake of recent corporate upheaval and failures.

Doing Business Ethically

Phillipa Foster Back, Director of the Institute of Business Ethics, explains why better ethics make for better business.  

Disclosing Bad News

Disclosing bad news to the market is never pleasant- but the regulators will not take a lenient view of those companies which fail to meet their disclosure requirements, wars Tom Shaw of Speechly Bircham.

Rewarding through shares - Is it the right strategy for your business?

Is your company affected by underwater options and failing performance targets? If so, it may be able to claim a corporation tax deduction says Vanessa Cundy-Copper, a Director in KPMG’s Reward Team.

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The Language of Going Concern

Going concern is a significant issue for smaller quoted companies especially those with bank borrowings and those making losses or with downturns in trading. Ash Mehta discusses the challenges as seen from a shareholder’s perspective.

Allotment of Shares and Pre-Emption Rights: New Guidance from the Association of BritishInsurers (“ABI”)

Hunton & Williams updates companies on new guidance from the ABI on the allotment of shares and pre-emption rights.

PAYE: Pitfalls on the Exercise of Employee Share Options

CMS Cameron McKenna highlights a recent case that notes a pitfall for employers and employees where PAYE is not properly operated on the exercise of employee share options or other share-related schemes.

Moving from public to private

In the light of current uncertainty in the financial markets, many AIM companies feel undervalued and undercapitalized. Martin Finnegan, partner in Nabarro’s Corporate Group and a member of the QCA’s Legal Committee, looks at the merits of taking a company private.

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CGT Change Misses the Mark

From 6 April, taper relief was scrapped and replaced by a flat CGT rate of 18%. There may now be worrying times ahread for AIM and the UK’s growth businesses, says Ernst & Young’s Vijay Thakrar who explains there may now be worrying times ahead for AIM and the UK’s growth businesses.

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Understanding auditor liability limitation agreements

What are auditor liability limitation agreements – and what factors should directors take account of if they are considering an agreement?  Tim Goodman, a manager within the Hermes Equity Ownership Services’ (HEOS) UK engagement team, investigates.

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