QCA Newsround
Latest News April 2011, Issue 36
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Commission publishes corporate governance green paper

The European Commission has published its highly anticipated corporate governance green paper, which explores the european corporate governance framework, and, unlike many pundits feared, does not propose ditching the 'comply or explain' framework.

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Bribery Act final guidance published

The Ministry of Justice has now issued its final guidance on the Bribery Act and announced that the Act will come into effect from 1 July 2011.

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Panel consults on amendments to the Takeover Code

Tom Shaw, QCA Legal Committee Chairman and Partner at Speechly Bircham LLP, explains the Takeover Panel's recently released consultation on amendments to the Takeover Code, following its review of the Code in light of the Kraft takeover of Cadbury.

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QCA holds dinner with top stockbrokers

The Quoted Companies Alliance recently held a dinner, sponsored by Winterflood Securities Limited, for key small and mid-cap stockbroking firms to discuss developments in the market place and share experiences.

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Budget brings good news for VCT and EIS

The Quoted Companies Alliance welcomed the Chancellor's announcements on expanding the Enterprise Investment Scheme and Venture Capital Trusts, which was a cornerstone of the QCA's proposals for inclusion in the Budget.

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QCA Search Service launched

Looking for experienced executives to join your board? Or looking for a new role in the quoted company sector? The Quoted Companies Alliance has launched a bespoke executive recruitment service for its members.

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Upcoming Events
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2011 Fund Manager Lunch Programme

Our Fund Manager Lunch Programme is one of our longest running and most popular series of events, which give small and mid-cap quoted company directors direct access to leading fund managers over lunch. Henrietta Marsh of ISIS Equity Partners is attending the next lunch on 17 May 2011.

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A Tailored Approach to Corporate Governance

One year on from the changes to the UK Corporate Governance Code revision, the QCA is hosting an event for small and mid-cap quoted company directors on how companies have been approaching corporate governance and what the market expects. 

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This Month in Brief
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QCA CEO Tim Ward now sits on the BIS/FRC European Issues Steering Group, which has been set up to to develop common approaches to influencing European developments in the areas of corporate governance, audit and corporate reporting. Click here to read more.

The QCA through EuropeanIssuers now participates in the European Commission's SME Finance Forum, run by DG Enterprise, which discusses access to finance for european SMEs.

Gervais Williams, Managing Director of MAM Funds plc, has joined the QCA Executive Committee. Click here to read more.

The QCA's Noticeboard is a place for our members, partners and others to highlight their services, events or products of interest to the small and mid-cap sector, for example, the QCA Search Service and Ernst & Young LLP's the Future of UK GAAP webinar.

Recent guests at committee meetings include Vanessa Woodward and Ian Valentine of the Large Business Customer Unit of HMRC, Ian Wright of the Financial Reporting Council, and Chris Hardy and Mark Turner of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

Recent QCA events include the March Fund Manager Lunch with James Thorne of Threadneedle, the March Directors' Lunch Club with Peter Andrews of the Bank of England, and the April Directors' Lunch with Tony Pullinger of the Takeover Panel.

There are only a few tables remaining for the QCA Annual Dinner 2011. Click here to book your table now.

The QCA is holding a number of stakeholder events with Government and regulators to put smaller quoted companies in direct contact with policy-makers to hear what these companies think about upcoming changes. These include our joint meeting with the FRC on risk and our BIS narrative reporting event.

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