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Eumedion requests Dutch listed companies to clarify their acquisition and tax strategy

The company's acquistion and tax strategy and integrated reporting are the main themes Eumedion participants will focus on during their dialogues with Dutch listed companies in the run up to the reporting and proxy season 2016. The themes are incorporated in the so-called Eumedion Focus Letter 2016 that was sent to the Dutch listed companies this week.

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Eumedion: better protection for minority shareholders of companies with a controlling shareholder

The checks and balances in a company that has a controlling shareholder who is also represented in the supervisory board of that company must be strengthened. So says Eumedion in a today's published draft position paper on the position of minority shareholders in companies with a dominant shareholder.

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Eumedion: scope of proxy advsiory code should be narrowed down

The scope of the Best Practice Principles for Providers of Shareholder Voting Research and Analysis (BBP) should be narrowed down to proxy voting advisory services only. The scope of the BBP should be aligned with the scope of the upcoming transparency obligations for proxy advisors under the new Shareholder Rights Directive (SRD), so says Eumedion in its response to the call for evidence of ESMA on the impact of the 2014 introduced BBP.

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Bring them on!; Public support from investors mounts for bringing leases on-balance

A disclosure only solution for leases is comparable with ordering lasagne, and instead of getting lasagne, you are supposed to be happy with the individual ingredients being served… thanks, but no thanks. Martijn Bos, Eumedion's policy advisor audit & reporting, on the ongoing discussion on lease accounting. read more


Dutch Change of Control Gain Capping Rule Ineffective

More than three years after its submission, the Dutch Senate is still in debate about the so-called Claw Back Bill. This Bill is partly inspired by an excessive acquisition bonus, received by Jan Bennink in 2007. The same Jan Bennink recently demonstrated at D.E Master Blenders 1753 that the purpose of "his Bill" could easily be circumvented. The part of the Bill to prevent excessive acquisition bonuses has thus become pure symbolic politics. According to Eumedion Managing Director Rients Abma it would be better to delete that part or strongly to tighten it (in such a way as the proposed Swiss rules under which all payments related to a successful takeover, merger or acquisition to executives will be prohibited). Ineffective legislation will only lead to more social unrest. read more


Eumedion Conference 2015

On 18 November 2015, Eumedion will hold its annual conference 'The Netherlands as a country of incorporation: attractive for investors ánd companies' in Utrecht (startiing at 1pm). Speakers are, amongs others, Hans de Boer (Chairman Dutch employers' federation VNO-NCW), Dan Summerfield (Co Head Responsible Investment USS Investment Management) and Robert Jan van de Kraats (CFO Randstad Holding). To register: send an e-mail to