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Eumedion rejects proposals to introduce differential voting or ownership rights for shareholders who hold their shares at least two years. It could lead to a concentration of control within a certain group of shareholders and discourage the engagement of other shareholders, so says Eumedion in its comments on the draft report of the European Parliament's rapporteur on the the proposal for a shareholder engagement directive.read more
Eumedion is pleased that the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has revised its Principles of Corporate Governance, but also believes that the revisions should show a bit more ambition. Today, Eumedion commented on the draft revisions to the OECD Corporate Governance Principles.read more
Nouredyn el Sawy (University of Groningen) has won the Eumedion Thesis prize of 2014, worth 2,500 euros for his thesis on the effects of diversity in the composition of top management teams in the pharmaceutical sector. His thesis has the title: “Learning geology before the earthquake: The influence of faultlines in boards of directors on post-M&A firm value and performance.”read more
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
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
ICGN Conference in Madrid
On 2 and 3 March 2015, the International Corporate Governance Networdk (ICGN) will hold its regional conference "Building Corporate Governance Reform for Long Term Sustainable Growth '. Eumedion's executive director Rients Abma will participate in a panel discussion on the operation and application of Stewardship Codes. Click here for more information and registration.