Corporate governance

Highly valued by clients to look after their general company matters, our experienced team understands the importance of these issues and the need to balance the competing duties, interests and objectives of your company's stakeholders. 
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We have a strong reputation for advising on corporate governance and regulatory issues.  We support clients in the development and implementation of the procedures and processes to keep on top of your compliance obligations. 

In assisting businesses with ongoing business issues, we advise on a full spectrum of general company work ranging from business set-up, investment structure/vehicles to company secretarial services. We also advise on matters such as articles of association, general meetings, directors' duties, and other matters of company law and compliance, including for listed companies.

Our team of experienced lawyers offers constructive and innovative solutions.
Through our international offices and network of local lawyers, we assist clients with their group companies in relation to matters such as company filings, local registry compliance and the maintenance of the company's records - working within the framework of the particular needs of each jurisdiction. 

We can help you with:

  • advice on directors' duties and corporate governance
  • company searches and formations
  • company secretarial advice
  • compliance services – including maintaining your company's statutory registers
  • corporate health checks
  • issues relating to directors' and officers' liability (D&O) insurance
  • PLC compliance.

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Chambers UK 2022

easyHotel Plc

We advised this high profile budget hotels group on the implementation of a corporate governance regime on its admission to trading on AIM and ongoing advice thereafter.

Patagonia Gold Plc

We advised the AIM quoted company on its ongoing corporate governance requirements including advising on appropriate board composition, good board practice, the interpretation of its remuneration, audit and nomination committee terms of reference and advising on matters to be  reserved for the board.    

FTSE250 Company 

Providing corporate governance advice including in relation to establishing procedures and an overseeing committee in relation to inside information requirements and advising in relation to the publishing of analyst consensus forecasts.

Steer Davies Gleave

We advised this transportation consultancy business on a transformational restructuring to create an employee owned business through the use of a trust structure involving cutting edge corporate, tax and incentives advice.

Cathay International Holdings 

We advised this main market (premium segment) listed china focused conglomerate on the application of the Listing Rules, including the implementation of the new ‘controlling shareholder’ regime.

AI Scheme Limited

We advised the directors of this special purpose vehicle in relation to directors’ and officers’ liability insurance in respect of the company assuming significant liabilities pursuant to an FCA consumer redress scheme.

High profile activist investor

We advised on the requisitioning of general meetings of listed companies.

Corporate governance in employee share plans

Providing ongoing advice to a variety of clients on the corporate governance aspects of employee incentives, including the application of the IMA principles of remuneration, the UK Corporate Governance Code, the AIM Rules, Listing Rules and Model Code.

Remuneration policies and reporting requirements

Advising several FTSE 250 clients on their reporting obligations pursuant to the directors’ remuneration regulations, and advising financial services clients on compliance with the extensive regulation relating to remuneration policies and structures.

Corporate Governance Code – Hong Kong

We provide advice to numerous companies listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong concerning directors' duties and compliance with the Corporate Governance Code under the rules governing the Listing of Securities on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited and on the annual Corporate Governance Report
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